Air quality improves in Europe

The air quality in Europe has improved since quarantine started.

The data from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), using the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite monitors a number of atmospheric gases including NO2 (Nitrogen dioxide).

These maps compare the concentration of NO2 in France and Italy between March 2019 and March 2020. The same trend has been observed In Spain, Portugal and China.

Of course, these trends are only due to the exceptional measures taken to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, which comes with heavy human losses.

When the crisis is over, are the global economies going to overcompensate the loss of activity by polluting again (maybe even more)?

What the world needs is strong structural reforms, long terms measures to reduce carbon emissions sustainably.

To stop the climate crisis, we should be planning ahead, not just reacting.

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