How coronavirus is affecting the environment

Since the coronavirus outbreak, many cities have established quarantines to prevent the spread of this new virus. The most noticeable one being the quarantine of the Wuhan province in China, where COVID-19 was first discovered.

The air quality of the city has dramatically improved in the space of two months, with a drastic reduction in nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a noxious gas emitted by cars, power plants, and industrial facilities.

Air pollution is going down in the province of Wuhan

This is due to most of the factories temporarily being shut down, as well as people working from home. A lot of flights and cruise ships have been canceled too, which are big contributors to CO2 production.
Aviation currently accounts for about 2 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, but that number was expected to grow through 2050.

Coronavirus has also proven that we can work together to fight the climate crisis. It's shown countries and governments are quick to change habits when necessary.

Climate change can be compared to coronavirus too, as both issues involve public health. Climate change is already killing people with extreme heatwaves, as well as air pollution that kills millions every year.

If countries and governments responded to the climate crisis in the same way as they're responding to COVID-19, they would come up with funds to build the infrastructure needed to convert to renewable energy and make the planet a better, cleaner place.


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