How the coronavirus crisis is helping improve the environment across the world

As economic activity has slowed, air quality over Europe and China has temporarily improved. For climate scientists, the way millions of people around the world have changed their behaviour shows it is possible to do the same for the climate crisis.

21.3.2020

As economic activity has slowed, air quality over Europe and China has temporarily improved. For climate scientists, the way millions of people around the world have changed their behaviour shows it is possible to do the same for the climate crisis.

As economic activity has slowed, air quality over Europe and China has temporarily improved. For climate scientists, the way millions of people around the world have changed their behaviour shows it is possible to do the same for the climate crisis.

“Even under very conservative assumptions, I think the answer is a clear ‘yes’.” Children wearing face masks play at a park in Beijing on 20 March. AFP/Getty Images The reductions for China, though, were short-lived. Nitrogen dioxide levels are increasing again as life slowly returns to normal for some. Reductions in nitrogen dioxide have also been noticed across Europe, but particularly northern Italy, where the lockdown began on 9 March. The European Space Agency noted the changes between 1 January until 11 March using the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite. Josef Aschbacher, director of Earth observation programmes at the ESA, said while weather factors should be taken into consideration, the reduction was quite a surprise. “The drop in Italy, especially over the Po Valley, has been quite significant and is certainly to a large extent linked to a lockdown of Italy due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” he told SBS News. “However, I believe that the pollution levels will further drop in the next days and weeks. Also, other countries are now imposing drastic measures, and we will see reduced air pollution (e.g. NO2 levels) as a result.” Cloudy and clear sky cover Iran's capital Tehran on 2 March as air pollution levels drop due to coronavirus. Anadolu/Getty Images Climate scientist Michael Mann said we’re likely to see a drop in global emissions because of the economic slowdown across the world. “We expect that a decrease in global domestic product leads to a decrease in carbon emissions,” he said. “This is very difficult to predict because, for one, we don’t know precisely what the impact on the economy will be yet. “But I expect a bigger impact than the great recession of the late 2000s/early 2010s and a drop, perhaps several per cent, in global carbon emissions.” Australian climate scientist Robyn Schofield said Australia is also likely to see a drop in emissions, although it’s too early to predict by how much. READ MORE Coronavirus orders force up to 60 million Americans to stay home Dr Schofield, who specialises in air pollution studies, said we can expect to see the reduction in urban areas due to the limitations on transport and industry. “We’ll certainly see greenhouse gas emissions reductions from the transport sector and industry sectors so we will see a large greenhouse gas reduction as well,” she said. 'Opportunity to act' Both Dr Schofield and Mr Mann believe the dramatic changes show how the world can mobilise to act on climate change. “There are absolutely lessons to be learnt that socially we can change and we can change quite quickly and it can have great health benefits,” Dr Schofield said. Mr Mann said the real longer-term crisis was climate change itself. “And ironically our response to a different crisis - the coronavirus pandemic - indicates that it is possible for us to change our ways, but only when there are governmental efforts to support behavioural change, which we have seen with coronavirus and need to see, now, with climate change,” he said. Mr Aschbacher said the changes will only temporarily improve air quality and a reduction of CO2 emissions for a couple of weeks or months and will have a small impact in the long-term. “What it may do, however, is change the perception of people to make them realise that human activity has a large impact on the planet's environment and might lead to a partial re-thinking in several domains.” READ MORE Italy's coronavirus death toll surpasses 4,000 after largest one-day rise Mr Aschbacher is based in Rome and has seen the human tragedy of the virus unfold in Italy. “We all wish that the coronavirus pandemic will subside as quickly as possible and not cause many more casualties. “We shall be careful not to justify improved air quality at the cost of human lives caused by the coronavirus.” If you believe you may have contracted the virus, call your doctor, don’t visit, or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. If you are struggling to breathe or experiencing a medical emergency, call 000. NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using modified Copernicus Sentinel 5P data processed by the European Space Agency. Topics: Read more: SBS News

And starve to death instead. China outbreak virus , Globalization is not continued Globalization center is China, Because set a lot of factory in the China I want to see the world wildlife news. Reporter Birds reporting on the best decade in a long time The world needs to stop buying crap from china, travelling less, cutting down on meat and plastic consumption.

This has to be one of the most ghoulish articles published so far. If coronavirus is good, tell that to the thousands of families who have lost a loved one because of the virus. Yeah. Go live like Fred Flintstone. Abolish the SBS That's polution not warming. And PO anyway with this BS. Are you saying stay home do nothing to help the climate? You insane?

Confusing air quality with temperatures again? Where do you think the iphone you are using and most other things in your house were made? Or are Amish?

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Italy's death toll from COVID-19 overtakes China's as Spain records 30 per cent jump in fatalitiesItaly's death toll from coronavirus is poised to overtake China's in a stark illustration of how the crisis has pivoted toward Europe and the US. Follow our live coverage here. Your language is deplorably hysterical. There are 7.8 billion pple in the world, 6.4 billion are outside China Corona-virus Italy: Video clip shows migrants ignoring coronavirus lock-down orders WB: Just think Greens & Some Labor MPs still want open borders I doubt it. Does anyone know china’s real death toll?

Just ignore the mass suffering from the resulting global economic depression. This is evil and disgusting 🤨 1. Climate and air quality are different things. 2. So it’s true you want lots people to lose their livelihoods and die. 3. There is no climate crisis. Not if people all end up losing their jobs. So what is this? Take the pride of working and earning a living away from people? Make them depend on the state? What’s next? Communism?

More news like this please Showing livestock and agriculture is not the problem. Who would have thought Yes, everybody should stay at home forever, definitely won't have an effect on the economy. climate crisis is fictitious, we are dealing with a real problem at the moment. Except there is no fcking climate crisis. Idiots.

You people are legitimately insane....

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Ruby Princess passengers test positive for COVID-19 in NSW, Scott Morrison announces further mass gathering restrictionsBreaking: Several passengers aboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus. Two passengers aged in their 70s are being treated in RPA. Follow the latest here- OMFG! People on a cruise ship had flu symptoms and all the others were ALLOWED TO LEAVE without being tested, and without even being told ! Fuck these boomers who want to travel and try and give meaning to their pathetic lives Now they have brought the plague back to us No Australian overseas should get back in now They need to be sacrificed for the common good

It's peddling fake Climate Crisis stories that has led everyone to dismiss Corona as another overrated hoax. Stop lying! I call bullshit 🤔 Is COVID-19 Mother Nature's revenge on mankind? So let stay at home Without working in factory or mining or construction industry and by that we make the world better. So the solution is kill 6 billion people and leave 1 billion. Than the world will be better. Was the world better when the dinosaur disappeared?

💚✌ A ridiculous conclusion People staying at home is not an option There are simply too many people on the planet How about more deadly viruses; that would work…wankers!! Climate hoax this song has been played to death... we are not interested. Climate hoax = UN Agenda 21/2030 = evil. There is no climate crisis. Stop pushing this nonsense narrative.

it is not impossible for every second or third to suicide either. Especially under a thoughtful guidance

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Scott Morrison announces further mass gathering restrictions, federal budget delayed until OctoberA student boarding at the elite Geelong Grammar School in Corio has been diagnosed with coronavirus. Five parents have also come down with COVID-19 after attending a cocktail party. Live updates here: coronavirusaus Not elite just expensive Explains the early closure I guess... And Victorian schools are still operating.......who is running Victoria?

MSMWatchdog2013 It's not the behavior of individuals causing the change. It's the shutdown of entire polluting industries. Blame the right people. This doesn't mean virus outbreak is a good thing, it means some damnass humans (few are commenting here) should realize that if we change our behaviour we could limit climate change crisis 😒

PrueBardsley That’s not what it says MRobertsQLD - it says that we are demonstrating we can change, and so we should change. When we restart the economy, let’s do it in a sustainable way! And to think we are no where near the net zero emission target the climate alarmists hope for.. we still have some planes while trucks and cars are keeping our shop shelves stocked and fossil fuel keeping the lights on at night.. imagine how life will be when that ends!!

FatherBob So something can be done for the environment? Localized pollution =/= climate crisis. Stop pushing this bullsh*t narrative please. So shutting down everything will improve the climate, I thought it was just power generation was the problem Sadly it will be back to normal once this crisis slows down.

Cancel trade with China and India and 'voilà' most of the world's pollution is cancelled also!

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Scott Morrison announces further mass gathering restrictions, federal budget delayed until OctoberIf you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. And to be honest and not to scaremonger, give us the recovered numbers? Wonder what the number would be if they tested more Out of 5,000,000. That's 0,0000356% quick mafs

So leftards, how are you enjoying the life with zero emissions? Global apocalypse to save the world. Great idea for muppets Why are you mislabelling HumanCausedGlobalWarming something alarming and yet type-, cause an epoch-ambiguous like 'climate crisis'? Is the irony not obvious? Fake news 👆🏻 . The average temperature for Melbourne so far this month is the same as the long term average .

Basically admitting that climate cultists just want to end all economic activity. Showing it is only possible to start changing behaviour once people start dying. Hay cada vez más evidencia de que el gobierno de trump nos ha engañado una vez más, y es ellos los que han creado el caos.

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Ruby Princess passengers test positive for COVID-19 in NSW, Scott Morrison announces further mass gathering restrictionsIf you suspect you or a family member has coronavirus you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. That's basically a picture a couple hundred dead Grandma's The I'm still going to the beach mate... mindset. Wonder where that might have come from?

Coronavirus updates LIVE: COVID-19 cases hit 245,000 worldwide, UK advisers say social distancing may last for a yearCoronavirus LIVE: Restrictive measures to minimise social interaction in the UK may need to be in place for a year to prevent the health service being overloaded, according to scientists advising government. Follow our live coverage here | latikambourke latikambourke Estos van con un retraso...primero a contagiar a todo dios y ahora medidas de distanciamiento...no tienen sentido latikambourke Imagine the panic when a vaccine is available. ....if they cant go without toilet paper latikambourke How about you focus on countries that have implemented practices that have minimised the spread



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