The Environment and The Pandemic: Pollution
The pandemic had both positive and negative impacts on pollution levels. Some of these effects are fleeting; some may be long-lasting. That’s up to us.
Air Quality Improvement: As people traveled and commuted less often, air pollution lessened. Views that weren't often visible pre-pandemic came into view.
Increased Waste: An increase in trash from single-use items, cleaning materials, and masks was a major negative consequence of the pandemic. Disposable materials require precious resources to produce, and the tendency of people to throw this trash out in nature had a tremendous negative outcome on the outdoors and on the animals who make their home there. Discarded masks, wipes, and other disposable single-use items will be with us for a long time.