Let's balance out

Air pollution and pangolins
Published by Ludovica A. on 2020-04-30
It isn't as bad as you think. Or maybe it is.

Another week has passed and we're back with the climate updates! This is "Let's balance out" and you'll read one good news and one bad news about the climate crisis. Shall we begin?

So what do you want first? The good news or the bad news?
BAD NEWS

We talked about the positive impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on pollution but what about the pollution's impact on Coronavirus? Apparently the virus has been detected on particles of air pollution by scientists and this could enable it to be carried over longer distances and increase the number of people infected.

This also could explain the higher rates of infection of places in which the rate of particle pollution is higher (like Northern Italy, the most polluted in Europe).

Nevertheless, experts are not sure if these tiny droplets can cause infections.
GOOD NEWS

Covid-19 is a great threat to us humans but for a particular species of animals it may be a blessing: we're talking about pangolins. They are the most heavily trafficked animals in the world, and they have also been (wrongly) accused of being host animal for Coronavirus.

This may have led the pangolin's good name, but at least is putting a stop on its trafficking.
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