Sunday, June 20

How the pandemic revealed how quickly pollution is reduced once so many car trips are stopped


  • Mark Kinver
  • Environment Reporter, BBC

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The constant fog caused by pollution resulted in a blue sky in New Delhi.

Air pollution has long been one of the most damaging forms of environmental damage.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that polluted air kills approximately seven million people all over the world every year.

The data also shows that 9 out of 10 people on the planet breathe air that exceeds the WHO recommended limits for pollutant levels.

However, the global covid-19 pandemic showed how quickly it was possible to clean the air in cities by reducing traffic.


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