Coronavirus Pandemic Leads to Huge Drop in Air Pollution

New satellite data reveals a significant reduction in air pollution as industrial activity stalls due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Air pollution has plummeted in the past six weeks as entire countries hit by the Covid-19 outbreak were forced to hit the pause button on industry.

As factories closed their doors, businesses were forced to shut and traffic fell sharply around cities and industrial clusters in Asia and Europe, there was a marked fall in global nitrogen dioxide levels. The toxic gas is produced by car engines, power plants and other industrial processes.

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