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Effects of the pandemic on the environment

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic struck the travel and transport industry severely and, with it, the deterioration of the environment was consideribley reduced especially during the lockdown. While travel sector is among the most affected ones by the coronavirus pandemic whith over  68% decrease in the 3rd quarter of 2020 compared to the 3rd quarter of 2019, transportation experienced about 24% reduction in the same period.

An interesting paper disucssing natral environmental impacts of coronavirus pandemic is
Rupani, P.F., Nilashi, M., Abumalloh, R.A. et al. Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and its natural environmental impacts. Int. J. Environ. Sci. Technol. 17, 4655–4666 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13762-020-02910-x


For the Southeast asian region, another research paper could be interesting: Praveena, S.M., Aris, A.Z. The impacts of COVID-19 on the environmental sustainability: a perspective from the Southeast Asian region. Environ Sci Pollut Res (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-11774-0

Congrats, Oana, to your second post. I really appreciate that 🙂
Thank you very much for the links to those papers. Actually, there are quite many papers about the consequences of the CoVid crisis on a certain drop of climate warming emissions. Unfortunately, that reduction was nevertheless not enough to stop climate warming as there was still an enourmous mount of global emissions.

This paper argues, for instance, that there is non the less a warming effect: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144559

Also not so nice:

"Pollution markedly reduced during lockdown, however returned after lockdown in Daegu." - and "Lockdown did not significantly change air pollution levels in Tokyo." https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apr.2020.11.013

And another "funny" contradictiv ecological phenomenon of CoVid: "COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to worldwide plastic pollution".  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2020.126683

We are pretty far away from sustainability...

Ceterum censeo mutationem climae esse vincendem.

(Incidentally, I think that global warming must be defeated) 


Prof. (FH) Mag. Mag. Dr. Harald A. Friedl
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