Earth turns wilder, cleaner as coronavirus lockdowns continue

Must Read

Ranchers lose seasons to service delays

The Peace River Regional District plans to petition the provincial government to address ongoing staffing problems that...

Child porn case heads to Supreme Court

A Fort St. John man charged with possessing and distributing child pornography will go to trial in...

Pool restrictions make waves

The District of Hudson’s Hope is taking heat after an online petition surfaced over the long weekend...

An unplanned grand experiment is changing Earth.

As people across the globe stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the air has cleaned up, albeit temporarily. Smog stopped choking New Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, and India’s getting views of sights not visible in decades. Nitrogen dioxide pollution in the northeastern United States is down 30 per cent. Rome air pollution levels from mid-March to mid-April were down 49 per cent from a year ago. Stars seem more visible at night.

People are also noticing animals in places and at times they don’t usually. Coyotes have meandered along downtown Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. A puma roamed the streets of Santiago, Chile. Goats took over a town in Wales. In India, already daring wildlife has become bolder with hungry monkeys entering homes and opening refrigerators to look for food.

- Advertisement -

Community Interviews with Moose FM


Story continues below advertisement

When people stay home, Earth becomes cleaner and wilder.

“It is giving us this quite extraordinary insight into just how much of a mess we humans are making of our beautiful planet,” says conservation scientist Stuart Pimm of Duke University.

 » READ MORE FROM GLOBAL NEWS

More Articles Like This