How the COVID-19 Crisis has Affected Air Pollution

When the pandemic first swept across the world, more and more people became trapped at home. As a result, many factories that would normally have contributed to air pollution were no longer operational, and statistics show a significant drop in emissions ever since the quarantine began.

Unfortunately, now that the pandemic has died down, governments around the world are rushing to boost their economy. This would mean reopening all of the closed factories and, in some cases, going as far as relaxing air pollution regulations in order to temporarily increase production. While these decisions are understandable, relaxing these regulations means air pollution would rise even higher and possibly increase the number of deaths from COVID-19. That's why we all have to tread carefully when considering whether we can return to our normal lives.


To learn more, check out articles like these:

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/coronavirus-lockdowns-have-sent-pollution-plummeting-environmentalists-worry-about-what-n1178326

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/climate/air-pollution-coronavirus-covid.html

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