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“Dramatic Drop” In Chinese Air Pollution Attributed To Coronavirus

by | March 19, 2020

A significant decrease in air pollution in China has been attributed to coronavirus quarantine measures.

As factories and other businesses have been forced to close, the amount of nitrogen dioxide released into the atmosphere has been reduced.

Map images released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) show that the air in China is less polluted than usual.

“A Dramatic Drop-Off”

“This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event,” said Fei Liu, an air quality researcher at NASA.

“I am not surprised because many cities nationwide have taken measures to minimize spread of the virus.”

A number of factories in China have been forced to close (Kodda/Shutterstock.com)

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Coronavirus & Air Pollution

Nitrogen dioxide emissions are caused by many forms of transport, as well as industrial factories and some construction processes.

Not only are these emissions harmful to the planet, but to people too — contributing to the onset of a number of respiratory conditions.

Several millions of people in China have been told to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus — which has so far claimed nearly 9,000 lives around the globe.

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