How COVID-19 Is Affecting The Environment

How COVID-19 Is Affecting The Environment

According to the BBC, all but 37 (of the 197) countries worldwide have enforced some sort of COVID-19 measures, whether a full lockdown or restrictions on travel, work and socialising. Due to these restrictions, billions of people around the world have limited their travel, their work and - in consequence - their carbon footprint. Scientists, however, are warning that the opportunity to learn and make changes shouldn't be disregarded.

Such an opportunity to listen, learn and improve will not appear again in our lifetime. Co2 levels are stabilizing, wildlife is returning to our cities and marine animals are showing signs of stabilization too. We must not hinder this opportunity for change.

Michelle Fournet, marine acoustician

In the seas: With a decline in ships worldwide, together with lower water noise pollution, whales and other sea mammals have been witnessed returning to older habitats, which could be an incredible step towards recovering from potential extinction. Sea noise pollution has caused a negative effect on wildlife by raising stress levels of many species of fish and mammal, which has impacted the circle of life under the sea. Dr Fournet reports that her laboratory have never known such a hard amount of data. Co2 levels: With a sharp decline in air travel, car travel and polluting manufacturing, Co2 levels have stabilized but not yet reduced, according to Rebecca Lindsey from Climate.gov. According to the data analysed, March 2020 saw a decline in the rise of Co2 levels in the atmosphere, the smallest increase for over a decade. Data for April 2020 is continuing to show a shallower rise in levels. Dr Callery of NASA, however, warns that despite the slower rise, Co2 PPM (Parts Per Million) is still rising faster than we can handle saying, "Until we see a decline in parts per million in the atmosphere, we still have a big problem. This is the biggest challenge humans will ever face." She later stated that the analysis current data will be stronger when combined with year-long data towards the end of the year. General Pollution: The UK's health service (NHS) has reported a significant drop in those hospitalised with respiratory problems suspected by pollution. A lack of cars on the roads in big cities worldwide has reduced harmful gasses in the lower atmosphere. London, for example, has seen cleaner air at ground level than any time since the 1990s.

Plants and animals live and thrive on clean natural resources in our environment. Biodiversity sustains ecosystem capacity. Each living organism has an important role to play in our environment. For example, a large number of plants mean humans have more crops. A healthy ecosystem ensures the environment can recover from a variety of natural disasters.

Susanna Jenkins
Author: Susanna Jenkins
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