Before-and-after photos show the dramatic effect lockdowns are having on pollution

One-third of the world is under lockdown as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. Air traffic is down, fewer cars are on the road, and factories are closed.

We can see wild animals roam empty streets, and nature is reclaiming urban areas.

In many places, air pollution has noticeably reduced. Experts don’t think this will last. But in the meantime, the short-term effects are pretty striking, as these before-and-after pictures show.

Milán, January 2020
Milán, April 2020
Venice, January 2020
Venice, April 2020
New Delhi, 2019
New Delhi, April 2020
Jakarta, Indonesia, 2019
Jakarta, Indonesia, April 2020
Los Angeles usual smog
Los Angeles, April 2020

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