I discovered this while researching just how beneficial the pandemic and the lockdown impacts have been.
The correlations between the levels of pollution at the same places that are attributing the highest death rates during the epidemic are interesting.
The respiratory death rates in the months preceding the virus, were much higher than the virus-related death toll.
Over 100,000 people per month have been dying from “pollution” which is three times higher than the total “81,000” people diagnosed with the virus in China.
Both the pollution, and death rate from it have been dropping since the lockdown, but the pollution death toll drop is slower than the emissions drop.
Reductions in traffic and industry have lowered nitrogen dioxide levels—offering an accidental glimpse into what a low-carbon future might look like.
In China, the death toll from Covid 19 has flattened out. The average over the December to March time period was 55 people per day.
But the death toll from the pollution that will resume is over 3,000 people per day.
That means that pollution is 55 x more deadly than Covid 19.
Imagine if we put as much effort into reducing pollution, as we are investing in stopping Covid 19.
The European Space Agency released a new video this weekend that shows air pollution vanishing over China as the country goes into COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown, then returning as business resumes.
Tired of staying home all day?
Bored with television?
Feel a need to help the less fortunate?
Concerned about your health and frustrated because you can’t get tested?Want to conserve water and save the planet?Got a sandwich bag, a padded envelope, and a few stamps?
And, for the rest of us, the time has never been better to check in on our friends and family using Whatsapp, Skype,Messenger, or telephone.
Kindness seems to be going viral even faster than the Covid 19 virus.
Covid 19 is starting to bring out the best in people. This article is an encouraging read.
“What else has to happen in Italy for Spain to close everything down? Have they not learned anything from us?” This past Friday, March 13th, on my way home from running one last errand in Barcelona…