Empty streets causes reduction in pollution In China Because Of Coronavirus.


Featured Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

The coronavirus (which we're supposed to be calling Covid-19 these days) is causing the world to panic and experience a great deal of anxiety and inconvenience. However, amazing satellite pictures from NASA suggest that it may actually have done some accidental good.

OK, so it's not exactly great, but it is something.


You see, because China has effectively been on lockdown for weeks now, the pollution that was previously at massively dangerous levels has now subsided dramatically.

The two pictures are like night and day - one has large amounts of ominous yellow pollution, the other is a nice calming blue.


Remember when the volcanic ash cloud in Iceland grounded loads of flights worldwide, but it actually caused there to be less pollution overall?


Well, this cloud might have a silver lining too, although admittedly a small one.


That being said, it's worth pointing out that there are other factors, too.


The drop in nitrogen dioxide probably also has something to do with the fact that it's just been the Lunar New Year festival, during which China shuts down for the last week of January and into February.


That festival was extended this year in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19. Furthermore, as the quarantine has come into effect, loads of the businesses haven't reopened just yet, so there's drastically less gas being pumped into the atmosphere.


As well as that, NASA scientist Barry Lefer added that new environmental rules brought in by China in recent years have also contributed to the drop in nitrogen dioxide.


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