COVID-19: the pandemic lowers the levels of contamination in the world
If we walk the streets we see parked cars of the many people who are working from home, airlines make minimal flights and many shops, stores and businesses have closed due to the new coronavirus pandemic. It is a situation that a few months ago was impossible to see.
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program Inger Andersen said the way we exploit the planet's resources is making it easier for "pathogens to pass from wild and domestic animals to humans." "We are intimately interconnected with nature, whether we like it or not." "If we don't take care of nature, we can't take care of ourselves."
Scientists believe that an animal from the Wuhan market in China was the source of the outbreak of the new coronavirus. China has since temporarily banned the sale and consumption of live animals.
Some experts believe that climate change and destruction of wildlife habitat may change the way viruses spread between species.
The pandemic has revealed a drastic change in the levels of contamination in the places most affected by the virus. The fish now swim in clear water in the Venice canal, and air pollution has changed dramatically in China, Italy, and New York. Operations were seen a quarter lower than usual in other months and meant that CO2 emissions (carbon dioxide) were reduced by about 25%.
NASA has reported that the world is greener today than it was 20 years ago. Undoubtedly, this cannot be associated with the epidemic, but its influence should be analyzed in the future, considering that this virus will change our social and environmental behavior in the coming years.
We should also be vigilant, as air quality is projected to worsen in some places after the pandemic as many people will not follow regulations with the aim of returning to normal quickly.