Scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) have recorded a sharp decrease in carbon emissions in Italy. It coincided with the spread of coronavirus and further large-scale quarantine in the country.
According to the European Space Agency (ESA) from the Sentinel-5P satellite, in the first two and a half months of 2020, there has been a sharp reduction in carbon emissions over Italy. Researchers attribute this to the widespread spread of coronavirus in the country, which led to a decrease in traffic and the closure of production.
“Despite the fact that due to cloud cover and weather changes, slight deviations in the data are possible, we are confident that the reduction in emissions that we can observe coincides with the decision of the authorities to reduce traffic and industrial activity,” said the head of the mission at ESA Klaus Zener.
Italy has the highest number of confirmed cases of coronavirus from all countries except China. Cases of the disease were especially common in northern Italy, so most of the restrictive measures began there, but later they affected the whole country.
The first cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in December 2019 in China. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 132 thousand people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, more than 5 thousand of them have died. The largest number of cases detected in China, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Iran and South Korea.