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Coronavirus is causing a dramatic drop in pollution in China

Coronavirus: These satellite images show a spectacular drop in pollution in China...

A decrease in air pollution related to the coronavirus epidemic?

These images published by NASA depict a spectacular decline in nitrogen dioxide levels in China between January and February 2020. This major pollutant is produced by motor vehicles, power plants, and industrial installations. Although the Chinese New Year causes an annual slowdown in the country’s industrial activity, NASA states that this trend alone doesn’t explain the phenomenon. “This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event.”, Fei Lui, an air quality researcher at NASA, said.

The U.S. agency suggests that the coronavirus epidemic could be partly responsible for this drop in emissions. This epidemic has been ravaging China since the end of 2019 and has officially killed nearly 3,000 people in the country. It’s the containment measures set up by the government to stop the epidemic that may well have reduced air pollution. They reportedly have led to a decline of 25% in CO2 emissions between January 25 and February 8, 2020. The use of coal in power plants is at its lowest level in 4 years. In January, domestic flights were down 70% compared to the previous month.

One of the most spectacular results: the decrease in the concentration of nitrogen dioxide over the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic quarantined on January 23, 2020. President Xi Jinping, however, has called for measures to be taken to limit the impact of the epidemic on China’s growth.

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03/04/2020 11:28 AM
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12 comments

  • Claire W.
    03/09/2020 07:50

    Maybe its because Chinese New Year is over and so are the month long fireworks. Lived in China for 2 years.

  • Ryan M.
    03/08/2020 00:21

    Reduce population too by the government mm interesting

  • Janice B.
    03/07/2020 17:39

    Imagine what we could accomplish if every country invested efforts to stop pollution.

  • Edward S.
    03/07/2020 03:24

    This looks like a false image invented by the greens .

  • Bernadette K.
    03/06/2020 21:25

    Probably has a lot to do with the decline of breathing Chinese due to the high death numbers which they aren't reporting accurately...

  • Candace B.
    03/06/2020 19:29

    Look at that. A silver lining.

  • Bartas S.
    03/06/2020 18:32

    A 2015 study from the non-profit organization Berkeley Earth estimated that 1.6 million people in China die each year from heart, lung and stroke problems because of polluted air. That's 4,380/day - coronavirus might be saving more lives in China now than taking.

  • Adrian O.
    03/06/2020 17:02

    The virus is the antibody released by Earth to kill Us, the Virus.

  • Allison B.
    03/06/2020 15:53

    Everyone's staying inside, I'm not surprised.

  • Matthew B.
    03/06/2020 15:42

    Anyone got a link to the Corona virus GoFundMe?

  • Antaine Ó.
    03/06/2020 15:29

    Without a green tax too😉

  • Hodi E.
    03/06/2020 15:18

    Let's thanks to the virus. It did more than a bunch of climate activists