As the global community comes together to meet this unprecedented moment, Mother Nature has had some time to unwind. The following are stories of how our beautiful planet has had a chance to rejuvenate over the past couple of months.
Jason McGahan, Los Angeles Magazine
As residents of Los Angeles stay home to assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19, a silver lining can be gleaned. The highly populous city has not seen air quality and clear skylines such as these, since the 1980’s.
Hannah Sparks, New York Post
With its alluring gondolas and mascaretas, the floating city of Venice, Italy is known for its primary use of boat transportation. However, without the usual hustle and bustle of traffic on the canals, the water has become crystal clear.
Dr. Valeria Vergara, Ocean Wise
The constant cacophony of ship and boat motors has proven to affect marine animals in a variety of ways - from communication to sustenance. Due to the current regulations against non-essential travel, the noise levels in the ocean have decreased by 12%.
Jordan Davidson, EcoWatch
As carbon-emissions are dipping because of economic slowdowns occurring across the globe, the climate has benefited. Less usage of plane and car travel has decreased the transmission of greenhouse gases, which positively impacts our pollution rates.
Matthew Hart, Nerdist
Social distancing and stay-at-home orders in India have led to an exponential increase in air quality. Now, the Himalayas are visible in nearby villages for the first time in over 30 years.