Due to the current global lockdowns helping to stop the spread of Covid-19, Air quality improvements have been seen in nations around the world. Although there is no silver lining with the Coronavirus outbreak, with much transport and industry halted, many countries are seeing falls in carbon dioxide which is greatly improving air quality and reducing the risks of asthma, heart attacks and lung disease. The drop in carbon emissions is unprecedented and this provides just a glimpse of how quickly we could improve our air with renewable energy technology.
While humankind retreats, wildlife appears to be booming. Nevertheless, there is still significant risk that the downturn in economic activity will pose significant risk to nature. Conservation groups fear this will open the door to more illegal poaching, mining and logging, especially now that local people are losing income and need new ways to feed their families. Potentially offsetting this is reduced demand for many natural resources, but the impacts remain to be seen in the coming months and years.
Source: The Guardian