European Environment Agency sees lower air pollution

Elias Hubbard
March 27, 2020

Drawing on data from 3000 monitoring stations across European countries, the EEA has noted a significant drop in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations. "As such, the current crisis and its multiple impacts on our society work against what we are trying to achieve, which is a just and well-managed transition towards a resilient and sustainable society".

In Italy, now the country hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, average concentrations for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in Milan were recorded at least 24% lower over the last four week than the previous period.

Milan, too, has seen levels drop by 21 per cent in the week of March 16-22 compared with the same week in 2019.

Global pollution has significantly declined thanks to the coronavirus pandemic which has slowed industrial production across the world.

The EEA also revealed that some cities have seen air pollutant concentrations fall by around half compared to a year ago.

Similar trends have been seen in other parts of Europe under lockdown.

In Edinburgh's Nicolson Street the average Nitrogen Dioxide for 19th to 26th March 2019 was 58.8 micrograms per cubic meter compared to 28.3 for 17th to 24th March 2020. In Barcelona the drop in NO2 was 40% from one week to the next and in Madrid the reduction was 56%.

In Lisbon, average NO2 levels went down by 40 percent from one week to the next. Compared with the same week in 2019, the reduction was 51 percent. Register now to get FREE access to premium content and to receive our newsletter.

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