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Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 2895–2907, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-2895-2021

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Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 13, 2895–2907, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-13-2895-2021
Data description paper
17 Jun 2021
Data description paper | 17 Jun 2021

Changes in China's anthropogenic emissions and air quality during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020

Bo Zheng et al.

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Here we report the monthly anthropogenic pollutant emissions in China during the COVID-19 pandemic by using a bottom-up approach based on near-real-time data. The COVID lockdowns were estimated to have reduced China's emissions substantially between January and March in 2020, with the largest reduction in February. With the spread of coronavirus controlled, China's anthropogenic emissions rebounded in April and since then returned to levels comparable to those of 2019 through December 2020.