Air pollution plummets amid COVID-19 outbreak

Meanwhile... pollution is dropping to record lows virtually everywhere in the world. These before/after shots show us a silver lining to the lockdown measures.

How has the lockdown affected pollution levels?

In Seoul, air pollution has visibly reduced since late January, when the authorities asked the 9 million inhabitants to limit their movements. The city, which also benefits from the drop in emissions of its neighbor China, has lowered its NO2 levels, a pollutant caused by road transport and industrial activity.

Italy is experiencing the same phenomenon. Here, lockdown measures were imposed in early March and have reduced NO2 levels by 40%. In Paris, road traffic has been almost nonexistent since the country’s lockdown on March 17. In Île-de-France, NO2 levels have dropped over 60%. However, fine particles from residential heating and agriculture are still very present in the air.

In New York, air quality is also starting to improve. NO2 emissions have decreased by more than 50% compared to usual levels. In Los Angeles, a city known for its traffic and dependency on cars, the streets are empty. On March 18 at 5:00 p.m, the usual rush hour, traffic was 71% faster than usual.


04/01/2020 6:18 AM


  • Jonise S.
    04/02/2020 18:49

    The earth needs a break every year world leaders should consider it

  • Ahmad N.
    04/02/2020 15:18

    Allah knows how to take care of his land no matter how much we try to destroy it.

  • Carlos R.
    04/02/2020 07:39

    I live in Los Angeles and I feel like those pictures of LA traffic are misleading. There are still tons of cars out. Dont take my comment out of context now, I am not saying that traffic is horrible, but its far from dead as depicted in these pictures.

  • Mark M.
    04/02/2020 01:11

    Climate change is a communist hoax

  • Fabien B.
    04/01/2020 23:13

    What a shocking parallel at a time where dozen of thousands of people are dying and millions suffering from the economic consequences of the lockdown.

  • Stephanie L.
    04/01/2020 22:26

    guess you were right!

  • Mirana A.
    04/01/2020 20:31

    Ithiel mahaliana

  • Vikramjeet S.
    04/01/2020 14:46

    now if corona lives up to my expectations,atleast a billion people shud say gudbye and reduce the load on earth.

  • Laurea D.
    04/01/2020 14:27

    We can make a difference!

  • Vijay N.
    04/01/2020 14:15

    friends, today I am telling you again that the corona virus is not an epidemic, but a conspiracy. The whole world is trapped in this conspiracy. If we want, we can compete with this conspiracy, but fear of death has put an end to our thinking ability. I am putting some unsolvable facts in front of you, perhaps you will be able to understand easily through these fact. We do not have cure for this disease and scientists from all over the world are doing research to make vaccines to prevent this disease, then why did the President of China say that Chinese doctors have overcome this disease and In China, the number of people infected with the disease is negligible. The biggest irony for us is that, how can we be sure who are infected with this disease and where are the infections of this disease and where not. Why is international journalist banned from doing journalism in China? Are restrictions on journalism proving helpful in getting rid of Corona virus? This thought is surprising me, but it is a starting point and it is very important for everyone to know the truth on this issu. If this virus is an epidemic, and it is untreated, then how is it safe from this epidemic in Russia? Russia and China are geographically close, yet Russia is safe. Surprisingly, Russia is close to China, but Europe is hit by this virus. Telling people to stay in homes for an indefinite period of time will create a more frightening situation than the corona virus in the whole world. This restriction will weaken the country financially. Unemployment and chaos will reach the climax. The present government of every country is clarifying on this issue that this ban has been imposed to save the life of human beings, so first of all I want to ask the whole world, why more than half of the world's population is poor? For whom else is the refugee camp made? From my point of view this restriction is unfair because every country has different geographical and economic conditions. Everywhere the message is being shared that to get rid of the infection of corona virus, stay in homes and maintain physical distance from each other. On this issue, I want to ask all of you that how will all of you make sure who are infected with this virus and where are the germs of this virus and where are they. The truth is that we do not have any resources to know who is infected with this disease and who is not. This virus can infect you in any way. This virus can also reach you through edible material. The main objective of these conspirators is to make everyone ruthless. The best example of this is Italy, and the same situation is happening everywhere in the world. Parents nurture children for this purpose, so that the children serve them in times of sorrow, but at this time everything is being done beyond comprehension. All of you are requested, birth and death are in the hands of God, but at this time we are working in accordance with the views of the conspirator leaders.

  • Bonnie T.
    04/01/2020 14:14

    Shared. Thanks.