Emissions on Lockdown

By Loren Fay on Mar 16, 2020
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Coronavirus has a significant impact on Italy’s emissions.

A ‘massive decline of nitrogen dioxide emissions’ is predominantly visible in northern Italy; the European Space Agency has quoted this following the nationwide lockdown.

Air pollution over northern Italy has fallen significantly after the coronavirus outbreak and the country’s lockdown. Data gathered from the Copernicus-5P satellite, which maps a multitude of air pollutants around the globe, shows a ‘massive decline’ in air pollution is prominent, primarily nitrogen dioxide emissions over Italy, and in the north of the country.

The ESA says they will monitor air pollution closely over the coming weeks to notice any further changes.

Claus Zehner, ESA’s Copernicus Sentinel-5P Mission Manager, commented on this decline saying “The decline in nitrogen dioxide emissions over the Po Valley in northern Italy is particularly evident.”

“Although there could be slight variations in the data due to cloud cover and changing weather, we are very confident that the reduction in emissions that we can see, coincides with the lockdown in Italy causing less traffic and industrial activities.”