A recent satellite image released by NASA shows that there is a dramatic fall in pollution over China due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
The reduction in NO2 pollution was first visible near Wuhan, the city at the center of the COVID-19 outbreak in China, according to NASA scientists, but eventually spread across the country.
Pollution does tend to go down around the Lunar New Year as many businesses close for celebrations, however, researchers believe this decrease is more than just a holiday or weather-related effect.
Maps comparing NO2 concentrations showed a marked decline between January 1-20 and February 10-25.
In mainland China, more than eighty thousand cases have been detected and 2900 people died due to coronavirus since the outbreak in December.
Banner Image credit – NASA
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