Coronavirus and the environment

What impact does the Coronavirus have on the environment?

I'm sure everyone has heard about the new novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) by now. All of us at The Green Channel send our condolences to all the families being affected by this serious illness. This viral outbreak, however, also has some good and bad implications for our environment.

The risk of contracting this virus has caused a significant decline in air travel and transportation in general. The Guardian says China has reported a hefty 25% drop in CO2 emissions due to the decrease in traffic. They also reported that, "if this trend continues, analysts say it is possible this will lead to the first fall in global emissions since the 2008-09 financial crisis". In terms of climate change, it seems like a short term benefit.

Hopefully, if anything, this outbreak has the ability to make companies aware that many of their employees can actually work from home. This may influence how they choose to operate their businesses moving forward, resulting positively for the environment in regards to reducing CO2 emissions.
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Due to this reduction in flight travel, airline's are being hit financially and reports say that this could slow their efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Luckily, the EU has suspended their rules on 'ghost flights' meaning that they will no longer need to keep running empty planes in order to secure their airport slots for next year's operations.

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The virus is also impacting multiple city's waste-free movements as more and more coffee shops and grocery chains are banning customers from bringing their own reusable containers.

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For more about the implications that the release of emissions has on our environment, check out these films:

Mission: Zero Emissions
Until today, production processes are still at the expense of the environment. Europe alone uses two and half times more resources than Planet Earth can regenerate. Industry is responsible for one-third of worldwide emissions. The time has come for the factory of tomorrow. Researchers worldwide are working on this goal. Their mission is: Higher efficiency, factor-10 technologies, renewable energies, bio-based industry, and zero emissions. This film accompanies researchers on their path to the factory of tomorrow.
The High Cost of Cheap Gas
The environmental problems caused by fracking in America have been well publicized but what’s less known are the gas industry’s plans for expansion in other countries. This investigation, filmed in Botswana, South Africa, Alaska and North America, reveals how fracking plants are quietly invading some of the most protected places on the planet.

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The Laps Tasmania by Angie Davis
This documentary follows Dustin Hollick and Rhian Slapp, two ordinary fathers with the survival skills of well-trained house pets, on a two-week journey around Tasmania with not much more than the clothes on their backs. The rules are simple: No cash, no car, no technology and just 10 personal items each. These scruffy surfers from the East Coast of Australia leave home to learn the secrets of a well-balanced life and aim to get back a connection with nature that has been lost with the advent of modern convenience. They re-connect with nature but it is the goodwill and generosity of the quirky humans that inhabit this remote island that make their journey and survival possible.

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