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Clean Air in Europe leads to 11K Fewer Deaths During Lockdown

Study into effects of coronavirus curbs also finds less asthma and preterm births


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Finding that silver lining during lockdown

 

Study into effects of coronavirus curbs also finds less asthma and preterm births.

The improvement in air quality over the past month of the coronavirus lockdown has led to 11,000 fewer deaths from pollution in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, a study has revealed.

Sharp falls in road traffic and industrial emissions have also resulted in 1.3m fewer days of work absence, 6,000 fewer children developing asthma, 1,900 avoided emergency room visits and 600 fewer preterm births, according to the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air.

While the pandemic continues to take a terrible toll – more than 220,000 deaths worldwide since the start of the year – the authors of the report say the response has offered a glimpse of the cleaner, healthier environment that is possible if the world shifts away from polluting fossil fuel industries.

Compared with the same period last year, levels of nitrogen dioxide have fallen by 40% while tiny particulate matter – known as PM2.5 – is down 10%, which means that people without Covid-19 can breathe easier. These two forms of pollution, which weaken the heart and respiratory system, are together normally responsible for about 470,000 deaths in Europe each year.

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What does the future lockdown look like after COVID19? We cannot predict what will happen after the lockdown, what we do know is that our planet’s air quality has improved.

A study shows in an article posted by The Guardian ‘The improvement in air quality over the past month of the coronavirus lockdown has led to 11,000 fewer deaths from pollution in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, a study has revealed.’ Driving zero-emissions vehicle such as the Fisker Ocean supports the improvement of the air we breathe. Fisker Inc.’s vision is ‘A Clean Future for All’.

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