If it wasn’t for the halting of work in China due to the virus, we would never have had this rare and unique opportunity to Witness – IN REAL TIME – how Carbon effects our Environment. Look at the difference in our atmosphere IN JUST DAYS!
Satellite images have shown a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China, which is “at least partly” due to an economic slowdown prompted by the coronavirus, according to NASA. It comes amid record declines in China’s factory activity as manufacturers stop work in a bid to contain the coronavirus. China has recorded nearly 80,000 cases of the virus since the outbreak began.
Nasa maps show falling levels of nitrogen dioxide this year.
Nasa scientists said the reduction in levels of nitrogen dioxide – a noxious gas emitted by motor vehicles and industrial facilities – was first apparent near the source of the outbreak in Wuhan city but then spread across the country. The space agency noted that the decline in air pollution levels coincided with restriction imposed on transportation and business activities, and as millions of people went into quarantine.
Nasa compared the first two months of 2019 with the same period this year.
“This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event,” Fei Liu, an air quality researcher at Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said in a statement.