How the Coronavirus is Helping the Environment

The COVID-19 virus has officially become a pandemic.


Extending everyday to massive populations, it's responsible for the loss of millions, yet its infectious species is mostly lethal for vulnerable people, such as the elderly, and those already suffering from a disease, therefore having a debilitated immunity response.



All of this gives a real look as to how radically the life of everyone could change. Many communities are already implementing policies of "social isolation". Colleges and universities are closing or temporarily turning to online learning platforms. Conferences, concerts and other public gatherings postpone or go virtually.


But how does this virus relieve the climate?



It affects global CO2 emissions


Analysts estimate that pollution in China, the world's leading carbon emitter, have been around 25% lower than data from the past year. On a local scale, the benefits are similar, yet it depends on the location, the dispersion of the virus and the government's regulations. The roads previously immersed in vehicle circulation have become empty.



Scientists are still trying to understand how widely the new pathogen could transmit, how it might adjust to the changing landscape, and why some demographics are more negatively impacted than others.


"They are so interdependent with the economy and carbon footprints that you still begin getting these nuanced interactions very fast."

Journalists have documented reductions in manufacturing, shipping, and commercial operation as the coronavirus crisis had lowered atmospheric nitrogen dioxide (NO2) rates across China.

However, researchers also found that a tangible improvement in one contaminant does not change the fact that air quality throughout the world is instantaneously safe.




It reduces production of exhaustible energies


A Carbon Brief study reported that, during the quarantine, main industries in China were running at much lower than usual levels. Oil refinery facilities in the region of Shandong for instance are at their minimum since 2015. Overall oil demand has reached a four year low at coal plants.



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