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In The Midst Of A Tragic Human Pandemic, The Environment Is Flourishing

COVID-19 has stopped every process in the world. Thousands of people have died, and half a million people struggle with shortness of breath and other symptoms. We live in fear and panic. The economy in the entire world has suffered unexplainable loss.

The pandemic puts our lives on hold. We have been destroying our planet for decades. Karma is here to teach us a lesson.

Every person on this planet tries to stop the spreading of coronavirus. Infected people struggle to catch breath but nature breathes with its full capacity. The level of air pollution has dropped, and animals have “invaded” parks, squares, and other public areas. The lockdown has solved the problem with pollution. Simple as that.

NASA satellites have confirmed that the levels of nitrogen dioxide over China have dropped in the past few months. Fei Liu is an air quality researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. According to Liu, he has never seen “such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event.”

Dark clouds of smog have disappeared. We can breathe again. But, we can’t go outside. Oh, the irony!

The sky is blue again!

Marshall Burke, a Stanford University expert, explains that this phenomenon has prevented between 50,000 and 75,000 premature deaths in China.

“The reductions in air pollution in China caused by this economic disruption likely saved 20 times more lives in China than have currently been lost due to infection with the virus in that country,” he said.

“It seems clearly incorrect and foolhardy to conclude that pandemics are good for health … But the calculation is perhaps a useful reminder of the often-hidden health consequences of the status quo. It means that the way our economies operate absent pandemics has massive hidden health costs, and it takes a pandemic to help see that.”

Carbon Brief confirms that carbon emissions in the sky above China have been reduced by 25 percent.

The lockdown had similar results in Italy. The European Space Agency (ESA) reported that air pollution has been drastically reduced.

That’s not all. The water in Venice canals is clear. There’s no traffic, and fish can swim freely.

Hopefully, we will learn this lesson. We have to learn it. We have to take care of our planet. It’s the only planet we have.