Positives of a Modern Pandemic

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April 22, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a point in time to reflect upon our home, which does not belong to human beings alone...

With the Covid-19 pandemic, much of world wide attention has been focused upon the disruption of daily human routine and the inconvience of the moment for people.

Of course, change isn't easy, to think in a different manner for the Earth in totality requires effort.

To help, here are some examples of the positive consequences of Coronavirus.

With the current pandemic we've experienced a shutting down of industrial activity, along with auto and airline travel.

This has resulted in a dramatic slashing of air pollution levels around the globe. Satellite readings are showing that the amount of nitrogen dioxid (NO2) over cities and industrial sites in Asia and Europe are much lower than they were this time last year.

Produced by plane and auto exhaust and that of power plants and other industrial process, NO2 is thought to exacerbate respiratory conditions such as asthma and other diseases of the lung and heart..

All forms of human caused pollution takes a toll on wildlife.

On a specific note, with pandemic restrictions placed upon areas where people and wildlife may meet, certain species are having the opportunity to go about their natural existence in relative peace.

For example, some of these locations are breeding and nesting grounds. With beaches off limits to people, one species, the Loggerhead sea turtle, has been able to nest on shore without human interference. With it's natural life cycle unmarred by contact with people, as of now it appears that for this breeding season, there will be more baby turtles than usual.

Also, there is evidence that with park closures, many species of birds are having a better opportnity to complete the cycle of rearing their young without the distress brought on by human contact.

The Earth is home. Not only to the species Homo Sapiens, it is the same for so many others, those of amazing and beautiful diversity.

For all who belong, HAPPY EARTH DAY.

Source material: The Guardian, Climate Desk Collaboration


Submitted: April 21, 2020

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helmu

This actually really interesting to see. We see NO2 and probably CO2 levels go down a little this year. Not that it will save us from climate change, but it shows just how effective shutting down some industries can be. Although I was really surprised to see how many plames there still are. If you look at Flightradar, Europe and North America are covered with airplanes even though most people don't travel.

Wed, April 22nd, 2020 10:15am

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The exact point of the article helmu...and there are positives to be found within the negative. Thanks for your comment...

Fri, April 24th, 2020 2:17pm

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