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Richard-Business Eng
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Mother Nature and Planet Earth are Breathing Easier...
... and so are we.

The recent pandemic has reduced our use of carbon emitting energy sources.
Many heavily-populated cities throughout the world are now experiencing clearer skies.

When life returns to normal, the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) will most likely return to the previous levels, but for the moment, we are all breathing cleaner air.

Here are some statistics from reputable sources.
Note: The sources have been edited for brevity purposes.


- Pollution and GHG emissions have fallen across the continents
- The drop in the CO₂ emissions can be the largest since WWII
- Scientists estimate a 5% fall in the carbon output in 2020. 
However, without any structural changes, the emission decline could be short-lived
- The countries and cities with the highest Covid-19 impact are witnessing clear and sunny skies. 
- The pollution in New York has reduced by nearly 50%
- In China, emissions fell nearly 25% and the usage of coal fell nearly 40%
- In Europe, satellite images show GHG emissions fading away over Italy, Spain and the UK.


Source: BBC Future:  

- In China, the proportion of days with “good quality air” was up 11.4% compared with the same time last year.
- Transport, makes up 23% of global carbon emissions.
- Emissions have fallen due to a reduction in unnecessary travel. 
- Driving and aviation are key contributors to emissions reductions, contributing 72% and 11% respectively.


Photos comparing pre-pandemic and current air pollution in major cities:


Have you noticed any improvements in air quality in your city?
Apr 30, 2020 3:05 PM
Comments · 9
I posted this discussion for the purpose of providing a little bit of good news, especially now, at a time when so much of the news is disheartening.

And yet, someone downvoted the discussion.

So, I would like to invite the downvoter to identify him or herself, and tell us what they found objectionable.

April 30, 2020
To the down voter a little message
"There's nowt so queer as folk"
A yorkshire expression I am lead to believe; - translated it means 'there is nothing so strange as people'
Nowt = nothing or zero 0.
Queer = queer, strange, peculiar, abnormal, deluded bad idiotic etc.
Folk = people (of which you are one) from German originally I believe.

The clear skies are too early and difficult yet to put down to the lockdown, because London does in normal times have unexpected periods of clear blue Mediterranean skies. There is clearly no exhaust dust settling onto people's window cills or doorsteps. Shirt collars are not getting black and filthy after a day or less of wear.

What is noticeable is the returning of many early morning bird calls or "bird song" that I have not heard for many years. It was probably there but could not carry over the 24/7 traffic noise.
The pictures of blue seas around the coast although unusual it is not unknown occassinsaly in local spots, but to be so clear and blue all over is possibly down to less seabed disturbance from boats motors and propellers churning up the sea bed, The English coastlines have many muddy sea beds around many of its coasts.
April 30, 2020
The best good news would be the pandemic is over! It was just a nightmare! People, wake up and go back to your routines!
But you cannot be the messenger of that best of all possible good news, Richard. 

Yes, I am consciously enjoying the clear air, the reduced noise caused by traffic and the lack of mass-events. I can hear the nightingale! That happened (to me) here in my area the last time 30 years ago!

Apart from statistics which you cannot trust in every case we can see, feel and understand the differences. Less global traffic, less CO2 emission.

But wait a moment (I know historically seen it is just a second) before speaking about "pre- and post-pandemic" air pollution. The pandemic is not over. We will have to train very neglected skills: patience, discipline and a great deal of (almost forgotten) modesty.

Do we really want to go back to the pre-pandemic situation? I urgently hope that we recognize and use the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change our lifestyle.

I don't belong to them who think that 'mother nature' is about to take revenge. It is only a matter of adaptation and evolution. More CO2, more 'sour rain', more pollution of air and water, less water at all, droughts, hurricanes, dying and burning forests, wild-animals trying to eat from the full plates of mega-cities (as long as they are not kept in cages until they are fat enough to be slaughtered), a 'confused' eco-system at all that is damaged and disturbed by us. We always want to control and rule what is beyond our control.

April 30, 2020

Thank you for your well-written comments.

You were right to point out a mistake I made when I wrote "pre- and post-pandemic", so I have changed it to, "Photos comparing pre-pandemic and current air pollution".

I also realize that the improvement in air quality is not the best news, but it is one little bit of good news, even though it may be temporary.

Stay safe... stay well

April 30, 2020
...reduction in noise as well..
April 30, 2020
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