Environment

Is nature healing itself during The Great Lockdown? Not quite

While air quality is improving and carbon emissions are down, the long-lasting effects of mass quarantine on the environment have been contested

Is nature healing itself during The Great Lockdown? Not quite
Photo: Euan Marshall/TBR

The Covid-19 pandemic will leave an open wound on humankind which may take some time to heal. As well as the hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide, global economies are set to fall into the biggest crisis since The Great Depression. However, the vast reduction in human activity over the last two months has also thrown up some fascinating effects on our environment, which could serve as lessons for the post-Covid-19 world. The most surprising change came in the Indian state of Punjab, where the Himalayan mountain range became visible for the first time in 30 years thanks to...

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