Just glancing at this title, you may be wondering how the coronavirus and climate change have anything to do with one another, but it turns out, they may have more in common than you might think. We’ve been hearing about climate change for a long time now, while the virus issue showed up on the scene rather recently. We’ve seen more restrictive activity and cautionary action taken with the virus challenges in a very short period of time. Soon, however, we may witness a drastic shift in the pendulum.
Coronavirus & Climate Change: What They Have in Common
The pandemic literally dropped a gift-wrapped opportunity into the laps of our elected officials and lobbyists, and they’ve been more than willing to seize the moment. For the past couple of months, there have been more talks and discussions about the long term effects of climate change, putting more pressure and urgency for change to take place.
They argue that there is an obvious correlation between Coronavirus and climate change, where people with respiratory problems are dying from toxic air pollution. This is especially true for those who live in highly-populated urban cities where pollution runs rampant. It has been shown that with fewer people traveling to work and other activities, air quality in most cities has improved.
Whether you agree with climate change or not, it may only be a matter of time before it directly affects every single one of us, sooner rather than later. Here’s a more in-depth look at the Coronavirus and climate change and how they are related.
A Look at the Evidence
Back in March and April, when most of America’s businesses and factories were forced to shut down, there were photographs and satellite images that were taken from space that revealed a drastic decline in the pollution and smog hovering over our cities. This could only mean one thing, that air quality has a direct relation to the vehicles we all drive every day. It’s too bad that the reduction in pollution is actually a result of millions of people being out of work.
For those who live with respiratory problems, the temporary shutdown of our economy was good news, however brief that it was. The air quality significantly improved, but later returned to a higher pollution level once everything started opening back up.
There’s no denying that years and years of vehicle pollution and global industrial production have had a negative impact on the air that we breathe. Recent studies have also proven that those who had respiratory problems were more likely to not only contract the virus, but also die from it. This pollution also accounts for other illnesses and diseases that these patients are more likely to contract.
Carbon Dioxide on the Rise
For years, scientists have been warning us that there is too much carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, and this is most responsible for the global warming that is happening to our planet. The fossil fuels that we use in transportation, our nation’s electrical demand, as well as its industrial activity, have led to the extreme levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
Coronavirus prevention activities helped cut these CO2 emissions, in some places by as much as 25%. Politicians and scientists believe that this brings us to a crossroads, and why drastic changes need to be made now before it’s too late.
A Shift Towards Renewable Energy
While the Coronavirus pandemic may not have brought our country’s oil industry to a complete standstill based on the lower consumption of gas, diesel, and airplane fuels, it did force the United States and other oil-producing countries put more emphasis on developing other energy sources going forward.
- During the shutdown, many coal plants and oil refineries were limited in their production, while some had to close down entirely.
- This has opened the door and paved the way for renewable energies, such as wind, solar, and natural gas, to become more prevalent as we move to other energy sources that will also reduce pollution.
Not only are these energies better for the air that we breathe, but could prove cheaper too. These are all good things in and of themselves, but there’s also the fact that many Americans will need to be trained to fill jobs in these new energy-producing industries.
Could There Be More Restrictions Up Ahead: You Decide
For the past several years, climate change has been a controversial topic for discussion and debate. It’s become one of the key points of political dialogue as the current presidential campaign draws closer to a conclusion. Possible changes in America’s political arena, it’s going to be very interesting to see what our elected officials and the World Health Organization come up with over the next few years to improve air quality here and worldwide. We may see similar travel limitations and restrictions set in place that we witnessed during the Coronavirus in an effort to improve our quality of life and related health issues.
This could mean less traveling that is permitted, whether it’s done by car or on a plane. There may also be the loss of millions of jobs as we make the switch to a greener tomorrow, yet certain political figures promise us that needed changes will create millions of new occupation options.
The Coronavirus pandemic has been nothing short of a crisis, and an immediate direct threat to human life and the way that we live each day. Scientists and many policymakers are wanting us to have a similar view and urgency about climate change as well. The ball seems to be rolling a little faster now, special thanks to Covid-19. What is your view and stance concerning climate change? I’d love to hear from you. May God Bless this world, Linda.
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