Coronavirus lockdown curbs pollution

Pollution

Since the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic it looks like that mother nature is the only one benefiting from it as levels of air pollutants and warming gases over some cities and regions are showing significant drops.

Researchers in New York showed carbon monoxide mainly from cars had been reduced by nearly 50% compared with last year. Emissions of the planet-heating gas CO2 have also fallen drastically.

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A 30-year analysis of 652 cities in 24 countries and regions across six continents found that increases in air pollution were linked to increases in related deaths: The higher the levels of pollution, the faster people die.

While it is early days, data collected in New York this week suggests that instructions to curb unnecessary travel are having a significant impact.

Venice, one of Italy’s biggest tourist attractions, which is usually seeing frequent visitors throughout the year has noticed that the water in the city’s canals has become much clearer, with small fish visible swimming around.
 
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As a result, large fish, dolphins and swans have reclaimed the canals and ports in tourists’ absence.

 

Both China and Northern Italy have also recorded significant falls in nitrogen dioxide, which is related to reduced car journeys and industrial activity. The gas is both a serious air pollutant and a powerful warming chemical.

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