REAL Impact Of Coronavirus On Nature!

  • Published on:  4/22/2020
  • Hi, it’s Katrina! During this scary and uncertain time, it’s imperative for us humans to remember that we are not the only creatures affected by the coronavirus pandemic. From reduced pollution to animals filling the streets, here are 10 ways that the coronavirus has impacted nature.

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    10. Animals Taking Over Streets
    As many people continue to be on lockdown, animals have taken to the city streets! We have boars in Spain and Italy, horses and sheep all over the place, deer in London and Japan, and moose in Lithuania! Even more cautious predators are coming down from their hiding places like coyotes in San Francisco and bears and mountain lions who are now roaming through neighborhoods!

    9. Italy’s Waterways Are Clearer
    Italy, one of the coronavirus pandemic’s hardest-hit countries, went into a nationwide lockdown on March 9, heavily restricting movement within its borders and only allowing necessary travel. Venice, which is normally packed with tourists, is seeing hardly any boat traffic in its famous canals. As a result, in the time since the quarantine went into effect, the water has become its clearest in 60 years. It’s so pristine, in fact, that you can see all kinds of fish swimming around.

    The olive ridley turtle is a kind of sea turtle threatened by coastal development, hunting, and fishing equipment, and its numbers are rapidly declining. Only one of every 1,000 hatchlings makes it to adulthood, meaning that protective action is necessary, or likely will be at some point. For now, the newfound quiet that comes along with quarantines and shelter-in-place orders is serving as a de facto conservation method of sorts in some areas.

    7. Nitrogen Dioxide Pollution Decreased In China
    The term “economic slowdown” generally doesn’t mean anything good. But China, which is notorious for its smog-infested cities, is seeing a few major unintended benefits. Shortly after the outbreak began and quarantines went into effect throughout China in December of last year, the skies became noticeably bluer and clearer, including in Wuhan, which is well-known for its heavy smog and where the air quality has long been a public health concern.

    6. Mountain Goats In Welsh Town
    To limit the spread of coronavirus, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently imposed a stay-at-home order, allowing for very few exceptions. It’s the most restrictive movement policy the U.K. has seen since World War II.

    5. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Declined
    So I told you how nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions decreased throughout China and Italy after quarantines went into effect. Carbon dioxide pollution also dropped, to the tune of 25 percent over a four-week period, according to a Carbon Brief report.

    4. Monkeys Are Rioting In Thailand
    In early March, Facebook user Sasaluk Rattanachai captured video footage of a mob of macaques running around a plaza and engaging in a massive brawl at the Phra Prang Sam Yot monkey temple in Lopburi, Thailand.

    3. Noise Pollution Has Decreased In Cities
    If you’ve ever lived in a bustling city, you probably eventually became so used to noise, you could sleep through everything from ambulances to trains and the crying baby in the apartment next door, with only a paper-thin wall separating you from his or her high-pitched screams. In fact, the thought of a quiet city might strike you as apocalyptic or eerie -- rightfully so, it turns out.

    2. Deer Are Invading A Japanese City
    Nara Park, a 1,240-acre public park and popular tourist attraction located in Nara, Japan, is home to over 1,000 free-roaming sika deer. Many of these gentle creatures, who are considered sacred messengers of the Shinto gods, are trained to bow to visitors for treats. Like the macaques in Thailand, the sika deer at Nara Park depend on tourists for food. Visitors pay $1.85 for a stack of rice crackers to feed to the deer.

    1. Raccoons At Panama Beach
    As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, tourism has ground to a halt in San Felipe, Panama, much like it has everywhere else. Restaurants and bars are closed, beaches and streets are empty, and very few people are passing through. Matt Larsen, the director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, recently spotted some unexpected visitors at the beach.