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Global air pollution correlates with COVID-19 worldwide mortality rate, UN says

Global air pollution and greenhouse emissions correlate with the worldwide fatality rate caused by the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus, the United Nations said in a report published on Tuesday.

“Air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions have fallen sharply,” according to the UN report on COVID-19 pandemic impact in regard to major cities across the globe. “Evidence suggests poor air quality is correlated with higher COVID-19 mortality rates.”

“But environmental gains could be temporary if cities reopen without policies to prevent air pollution and promote de-carbonization,” the report continued.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was quoted as saying by the report: “We must pursue a green, resilient and inclusive economic recovery.”

“Many cities have created new bike lanes and pedestrian zones, reclaiming public spaces and improving mobility, safety and air quality,” the UN chief continued.

“By focusing on high ecological transformation and job creation, stimulus packages can steer growth towards a low-carbon, resilient pathway and advance the Sustainable Development Goals,” Guterres added.

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