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Coronavirus lockdown is reducing pollution — page 1 
Without the traffic of daily lives, air and water pollution have decreased.
It has been difficult to find any upside to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. But scientists have found at least one positive aspect of this crisis: it might be helping the environment.

One example can be seen on two maps of China that compare pollution levels from January and February. Citizens in several Chinese cities have been in lockdown, or confined to their homes, for more than two months. This confinement has virtually eliminated traffic and smoke from many factories in China, especially in large cities like Beijing and Wuhan, the original center of the coronavirus outbreak. Without the carbon emissions caused by these activities, air quality was much better in February than it was in January. Officials in New York City are reporting similar improvements in air quality there.

This reduction in travel and industry has also been good for water quality. One example can be found in Italy. Usually, the famous canals of Venice are jammed with gondolas and motorized boats. All this traffic means that the canals are usually full of dark, brackish water. But a photo was taken in recent weeks of Venice’s Grand Canal shows the water has gotten so clear that one can see the bottom of the canal. Robert Routh of the Clean Air Council had this to say about what it tells us about climate change: “It should demonstrate that climate change is driven by human activity and our actions and behaviors, on a wide scale, affect emissions.”
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