Global emissions plunged an unprecedented 17 percent during the coronavirus pandemic

This article from WAPO highlights the dramatic reduction in air pollution due to Covid-19 BUT it also points out the challenges of reducing emissions from the vast infrastructure already in place.  “Although the decline in emissions during the pandemic may have been unprecedented, it was relatively small when it comes to combating global warming. The peak 17 percent decline in global emissions — which occurred in early April — meant nations continued to generate more than 80 percent of carbon pollution. “

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Can Particulate Matter Carry Coronavirus?

In a previous post we referenced articles that stated the hypothesis that air pollution and the severity of COVID-19 were linked. It was said to be due to bad air taking a toll on the lungs and rendering people more vulnerable to the effects of the virus. A recent study conducted in Italy suggests another way by which high particulate matter in air can increase the spread and severity of the Coronavirus; the virus is carried on the particulate.

More details in the article from The Times of Israel.