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Coronavirus lockdowns have sent pollution plummeting, but environmentalists worry about what comes next as the resulting decline in carbon emissions could easily be reversed by efforts to quickly ramp up economies. (1/7) #NBCNewsThreads 

The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is expected to wipe out the equivalent of 195 million jobs around the world, the U.N. says.

The planet has benefited from the coronavirus pandemic — but only in the short term. Senior climate officer Li Shuo at Greenpeace in Beijing says it’s too early to “pop the champagne corks” and that “it’s hardly a sustainable way to reduce emissions.” (2/7)

Lauri Myllyvirta, Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, says China responded to the 2008 financial crisis with the “biggest, dirtiest stimulus program in the history of mankind.” “It meant that for the following three years there was rapid growth in CO2 emissions.” (3/7)

The EU has begun a consultation on tightening its carbon reduction targets by 2030, but in the U.S the EPA confirmed the Trump administration has relaxed regulations. Gina McCarthy, the EPA’s former director, called it “a license to pollute.” (4/7)

The truth about the toilet paper shortage: One report found that it's not that people are using more toilet paper, but that the location of use and buyer of paper shifted with lockdowns - manufactures can't keep up.

Meanwhile, some industries in the U.S. and Europe are pushing to relax other regulations. The plastics industry has worked to turn the tide on plastic bag bans and EU automakers are lobbying for a delay in tightening emissions restrictions due to the coronavirus crisis. (5/7)

It’s “abundantly clear that the countries of the world are falling short of the goals of the Paris agreement,” says Dr. Simon Evans, deputy editor of Carbon Brief. “Current pledges have the world on track for warming of about 3 degrees Celsius.” (6/7)

“Any positive environmental impact” needs our habits to be “cleaner and greener,” says Inger Andersen, executive director of the U.N. Environment Program. “Only long-term systemic shifts will change the trajectory of CO2 levels in the atmosphere.” (7/7)

New York mayor expects 'more than half' of New York's population to contract COVID-19.


White Americans are the biggest terror threat in U.S., study finds

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Leader of Islamic Center of Pittsburgh announces Muslim community has raised more than $70,000 for synagogue attack victims and their families. "We just want to know what you need ... If it's people outside your next service protecting you, let us know. We'll be there."

BREAKING: Rapper Nipsey Hussle has been pronounced dead at the hospital after being shot outside his clothing company in south Los Angeles, multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the incident tell . -

WATCH: Emma Gonzalez names the murdered Parkland victims and observes several minutes of silence in a 6-minute, 20-second speech that covered the same time it took the gunman to kill 17 people in her high school: "Fight for your lives before it's someone else's job."

Witnesses saw this man pull over and rescue a rabbit from the LA wildfires.

San Juan mayor: "I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island..."

WATCH: Former President Carter, the oldest living former president in US history, helps lead a build of Habitat for Humanity homes in Nashville one day after falling at his home and receiving stitches above his eye.

9 years ago today, Barack Obama was elected the first African-American President of the United States.

WATCH: A man in Houston claims a hawk would not leave his taxi cab as Hurricane Harvey barreled toward Texas Friday morning.

BREAKING: Former President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94.

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