The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus has led to falling carbon emissions due to drops in industrial production and transportation amid nation-wide lockdown measures across the world, forcing countries to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord, according to a Turkish meteorologist.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Huseyin Toros, an expert in atmospheric science and air quality at Istanbul Technical University, said the COVID-19 outbreak compelled people to take measures that they would not voluntarily take under normal circumstances.

“The coronavirus is driving us towards the emission reduction targeted by international climate agreements such as the Paris

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