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Environmental Pollution: A New, Unforeseen Scenario
Environmental Pollution: A New, Unforeseen Scenario

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06 April 2020

Environmental Pollution: A New, Unforeseen Scenario

A reflection not only on numbers and statistics but also on the good practices that we can all implement to reduce environmental pllution

The current health emergency has brought something good: cleaner and healthier air! According to Ispra (Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research), about 34,000 people die every year in Italy due to air pollution and recent studies show that this also seems to be one of the catalysts that has caused the spread of Coronavirus so quickly.


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In recent months, Chinese air quality has had a positive turn, with a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions, pm10 (-30%) and NO2 (-31%) (Ispra sources) thanks to the forced blockade of activities, industrialists have been able to deal with the infection. Consequently, the same is expected to happen in Italy, with (more or less) a similar trend. In recent weeks, the boot has also been affected by the blocking of in situ activities, in favor of smart working from home mode: this has led to a reduction in car travel - almost 100%.

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More than scientific data on the reduction of pollutants, an animation diffused by ESA of the images captured by the Copernicus Sentinel 5p satellite shows the decrease in nitrogen dioxide emissions in Italy, and in particular in Northern regions. As we well know, Antares Vision has also activated smart working; in our small way we are contributing to the improvement of the air of the Po Valley. This aspect certainly makes us reflect on the good practices that we can all implement when this forced condition ends.

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