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Emissions Dropped During COVID-19. Here’s What Cities Can Do to Keep Them From Rising

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Northeastern University

Originally published as: Emissions dropped during COVID-19. Here’s what cities can do to keep them from rising in Fast Company.

COVID-19 upended our daily lives and shifted our relationship to transportation, although we don’t yet know how trends that started during the pandemic will play out. Will people forsake public transit for cars? Will street closures continue, creating more permanent space for walking, biking, and outdoor restaurants? Will work-from-home continue to be the norm, cutting down on commuting hours—and emissions—in the process.