Obviously, the new coronavirus-related pandemic will not have all had a negative impact on the world. According to a BBC media release, the restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the virus actually helped purify the air. This applies in particular to the restrictions in the transport sector. Closing the borders has resulted in a decrease in thefts, and containment has helped reduce movements around the world.
The average road activity is falling
Compared to 2019, the average activity on the world’s roads fell by almost 50%, the International Energy Agency reported. According to information from the UK media on data collected by the UK’s National Center for Atmospheric Sciences, ten cities have seen significant reductions in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM2.5).
The beneficial crisis?
“The current crisis has shown us that clear skies and breathing air can be achieved very quickly if concrete steps are taken to reduce the burning of fossil fuels. Sunil Dahiya of the Energy and Clean Air Research Center told BBC News in April when thick clouds of smoke gave way to a clear sky in India.