8. SOCIAL DISTANCING LEADS TO PLUMMETING AIR POLLUTION LEVELS
Studies in New York City, Italy and China suggest that travel bands, self-quarantining and social distancing have led to dramatic declines in air pollution levels.
According to researchers at Columbia University, with a 35 percent decline in street traffic since the coronavirus outbreak, carbon monoxide levels in New York City have fallen by nearly 50 percent from last year.
In China, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels appear to have significantly decreased. According to NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), who used pollution monitoring satellites to track the changes, it appears that, at least in part, the economic slowdown and pause on industry in China as a result of the coronavirus outbreak has played a part in the increased air quality in the country.
The BBC reports that Italy is seeing similar results. As the country is essentially on total lockdown, the decline in road traffic and industry has significantly decreased the NO2 levels in the air. Christian Headline News
Scott Slayton writes at “One Degree to Another”
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21