Pollution plummets in Italy as COVID19 brings travel to standstill

New emissions data has revealed the drastic impact of the coronavirus on the emission of pollutants from Italy.

With major reductions in travel as a result of the COVID19 outbreak, emissions of nitrogen dioxide and other air pollutants have been shown to have fallen dramatiically across the country in recent weeks, particularly in northern Italy.

The data, from the European Space Agency, was revealed in the Washington Post earlier this month.

With more countries across Europe restricting travel, similar patterns may be expected on a wider level across the continent in the months to come.

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Image credit: Washington Post (data from Sentinel 5P satellite data, European Space Agency).