Large cities in the US such as Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York have all seen a decrease of nitrogen dioxide, a gas produced by the burning of fossil fuels in cars and trucks. The lack of traffic is mostly caused by the social distancing rules that prohibit people from going to work and other businesses that are deemed “unnecessary.” It is important to note … Continue reading Earth Day Read: Air Pollution in Many Large US Cities has Declined Due to A Lack of Transportation
For more than a generation, the Himalayas, the highest mountains in the world, have been shrouded in pollution, hiding the peaks from all but a few. Residents in the city of Punjab, which sits only about 124 miles from the mountains, are taking to social media to share their pictures of the magnificent mountains. With most of India under a Coronavirus lockdown, many younger Indians … Continue reading Earth Day Read: People in India can see the Himalayas for the first time in ‘decades,’ as the lockdown eases air pollution
Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, canals in Venice greatly increased in visibility due to a lack of traffic by water taxis and tourists. The lockdown in Italy allowed for the sediment to settle on the bottom of the canals and allowed for people to see all the way to the bottom in some locations. Although this water clarity does not show a decrease in water pollution, … Continue reading Earth Day Read: Water in Venice canals clears due to low water traffic during shutdown
The global coronavirus lockdown has had major environmental benefits throughout the world. Firstly, due to the lack of transportation use, the amount of air pollution in big cities has dramatically decreased. The world is thriving. For example, you can now see blue skies in China that have not been seen in years due to factory shutdowns. Not only has the amount of air pollution around … Continue reading Earth Day Read: How coronavirus is unexpectedly benefiting the environment
Geoscientists have observed a drop in seismic noise, the noise created from vibrations of the Earth’s crust. This drop has been observed in areas of Belgium as well as Los Angeles. Scientists tie this noticeable decrease to transportation networks, as well as other human activities, being shut down as governments attempt to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Belgian seismologists compare this drop in seismic … Continue reading Earth Day Read: Coronavirus lockdowns have changed the way Earth moves
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