In the slowness of social distance – with the COVID-19 papasture masses of human beings indoors – The The Earth finally has room to breathe.
Air quality has improved dramatically worldwide, as a result of lighter vehicle, foot and sky traffic. These effects were best seen in the main cities and countries where air pollution has been a professionaldefect. Examples vary from China where residents of densely populated cities are reporting blheavens the first time for India where people can now see the Himalayas from their homes.
Corvallis saw his own decline in traffic. Annette Mills, of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, confirmed that Corvallis people “are not driving as much and air travel has definitely declined as our residents are close to home. In their own, this translates into less use of fossil fuels and better air quality. ”
As it is not small, Mills adds, “Local residents are making more use of our many multipurpose paths, and urban areas in general are seeing a lotre wildlife. Here in Corvallis, birdsong is heard more often than car traffic. “
Mills made it clear that his comments represent him personally and not his affiliated organizationand we continue hopefully, “At the moment, at least, it looks like we’re reducing our transportationcarbon emissions based on n and discovering the joys of our local natural areas. “
She offers a more ambiguous example in the field of local waste production: “While we produce less commercial and institutional waste, our local waste carrier, the Republic Services, reports a 20% increase in residential waste. We will have to wait until after the current crisis to be able to really assess if we waste less “.
melike many in your trade, Windmills we recognize that the effects we are seeing are just temporary. “Only after requests to ‘stay home’ are canceled, will we see if we will resume our pre-pandemic choices. It is the long-term changes that will matter.”
A little too ironic
While National Geography reported that COVID-19 lethality appears to be correlated with air pollution, Harvard University study pending peer review found that small polluting particles of PM2.5 breathed over many years greatly increased the likelihood of fatality due to COVID-19.
The data were analyzed by researchers from The º. Chan School of Public Health from about 3,000 US counties. It was found that the mortality rate was 15% higher in municipalities with an average of just one microgram per cubic meter to more than PM2.5 in the air.
The study begsquestion: what will humans do to ensure their own survival, while trying to maintain better environmental conditions when the quarantines decrease – seeing how do the two go hand in hand?
Like the climate crisis, human beings have long predicted the likelihood of a pandemic on a scale that we are now facing.
Strangely enough, the Netflix series “Explained” broadcast an episode of Pandemic, exploring agriculture and meat markets in relation todisease in November 2019 – only before COVID-19 begins its journey around the world.
Before that, aby David Quammen published his book “Overflow: animal infections and the next human pandemic” in 2012, detailing the likelihood of a virus spreading globally after being transmitted by animals. Quammen detailed how human interference disrupted Earth’s biodiversity, citing urban sprawl, pesticides and international trade as ecological disorders, helping diseases to culminate and spread.
COVID-19 is not the first virus to spread through animal and human contact – before there was Ebola, SARS and bird flu. According to the CDC, it is estimated that three quarters of the new human diseases come from animals.
What promotes the disease is the environmentanimals are raised in – The environment created by the excess of supplies and demands of human consumption.
The “Explained” episode detailed the SARS of 2003 (Severe Acute Respiratoryepidemic), originating in a live and humid animalt in China. Coronavirus is a result of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2, and originated in a similar market, where several species are huddled together, “their blood and flesh mix before moving from human to human,“The program’s narrator explained.” All the while, your viruses are mixing and mutating, increasing the chances of finding a way for humans. “
In addition to meat markets, our relationship with animal agriculture is one that employs deforestation – destroying biodiversity and native habitats – for the aim of creating superfluous agricultural land that robs the Earth of its resources. According US Environmental Protection Agency, animal agriculture is the single largest source of methane emissions in the USA.
THEtropical agriculture is responsible for 75% of historical deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest and for almost a third of the loss of biodiversity to date.
The human invasion came with a devastating loss of plant and animal life, and scientists say we are heading towards the sixth mass extinction event in the history of the planet. Fifty percent of animals that once roamed the earth alongside humans are extinct and up to one millions of plant and animal lives are heading towards the same destination.
Plotting Our return
A popular phrase today is “humans were the virus all the time”. Our current circumstances illuminate the warnings our world has been showing signs for centuries.
“Our response to this crisis offers an opportunity for us to practice as we will respond to a much greater existential threat: our climate change, ”commented Mills. “The personal lifestyle changes we make and the strong community connections we have developed in response to COVID-19 may be just what is needed as we prepare for immigration.climate change pacts. “
As the climate crisis is deeply intertwined with animal agriculture, biodiversity and the expected mass extinction event – all caused by humans – we Take the time to analyze how we intend to continue living in this world,and for our own survival.
By Stevie Beisswanger