COVID-19 Effects on Global Population
With quarantine and the spread of COVID-19 comes uncertainty, illness and death across the world, and it may seem as though there is not much to view with optimism. However, in the weeks that people have been trapped inside of their own homes, global pollution has decreased immensely.
One of the main concerns present in Sonoma County is the fear of contracting this illness. To ensure a slower spread of COVID-19, social distancing protocol requires that everyone keep a minimum of six feet apart from others in public. This protocol, in addition to shelter-in-place orders, reduces the overall amount of human activity in our world, thus minimizing everyone’s carbon footprint, which is the amount of carbon dioxide they emit through their daily activities and routines.
A popular advancement in world pollution is the water in Venice, Italy. Italy was the first European country hit hard by COVID-19, as more than 100,000 people have become infected by this disease, resulting in over 17,000 deaths and counting. However, the canals in the City of Water are the clearest they have been in over 60 years, partially due to a lack of boats stirring up sediment. Creatures like dolphins and fish can be seen in the clear water, where they often swim but cannot usually be seen.
The greenhouse gas emission in China has been reduced immensely as well. China is where the COVID-19 pandemic is believed to have begun, thus making China, like Italy, one of the most affected countries. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a large reduction in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas production in China has occurred. NO2 is caused by the burning of fossil fuels and road traffic.
Finding light in a time of darkness is tough for many people, but the positive effects on global pollution is a benefit of COVID-19 that many people did not see coming.