First lockdown's effect on air pollution was overstated, our study reveals

Exaggerating how much lockdown improved air quality could allow us to underestimate the scale of the air pollution problem.

William Bloss, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~7 min

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Drive-throughs are busier than ever during the pandemic – but they're hotspots for air pollution

Staff and customers with underlying health conditions are likely to be most at risk at drive-through windows.

Anitha Chinnaswamy, Assistant Professor of Environment and Computing, Coventry University • conversation
Oct. 16, 2020 ~5 min

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COVID-19 shutdowns are clearing the air, but pollution will return as economies reopen

From Nairobi to Los Angeles, pandemic lockdowns have cleared pollution from the skies. But those blue vistas may be temporary, and shutdowns aren't slowing climate change.

Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, Rice University • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~8 min

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Coronavirus: lockdown's effect on air pollution provides rare glimpse of low-carbon future

As lockdowns have came into effect around the world, air pollution has plummeted.

Paul Monks, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science, University of Leicester • conversation
April 15, 2020 ~5 min

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