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COVID-19 Outbreak Has Reduced Pollution Levels: ESA

Satellite Data Reveals Reduced Pollution over areas hardest hit by COVID-19

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has noted a positive effect of the world-wide coronavirus outbreak, saying satellite data is showing reduced air pollution in areas hardest hit by the virus. Pixabay

The European Space Agency (ESA) has noted a positive effect of the world-wide coronavirus outbreak, saying satellite data is showing reduced air pollution in areas hardest hit by the virus.

The agency says a space observation satellite detected significantly lower levels of the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in in northern Italy and China’s Hubei province.

The ESA’s director of earth observation programs, Simonetta Cheli, says, certainly the reduction in human activity in those areas certainly played a role in reducing the pollutant. But she said the weather and how much heating is done in a given region over a period of time can also be a factor.

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A man wears a face mask as he stands along the waterfront in pollution-free Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. Arek and Jenina Rataj were starting a new life in the Chinese industrial center of Wuhan when a viral outbreak spread across the city of 11 million. VOA

Cheli says NO2 is a short-lived pollutant, staying in the atmosphere generally less than a day before being deposited or reacting with other gases. Most emissions are generated by human activities such as traffic, energy production, residential heating and industry.

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The ESA’s Sentinel-5P iatmosphere monitoring carries a “Tropomi” instrument, which maps a multitude of trace gases, including nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide and aerosols. (VOA)

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Google Decides To Cancel This Year’s “April Fool’s Prank” Amidst Coronavirus Concerns

Google usually goes all out on April 1, with numerous pranks across its many products

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Google usually goes all out on April 1, with numerous pranks across its many products. Pixabay

Google has decided to cancel this years April Fools prank out of respect for those fighting new coronavirus pandemic globally.

An internal email from Google marketing head Lorraine Twohill reportedly said that Google is playing it straight on April 1, 2020 out of respect for those fighting the coronavirus, reports Business Insider.

“We have already stopped any centralized April Fool’s efforts but realize there may be smaller projects within teams that we don’t know about.

“Make sure your teams pause on any jokes they may have planned — internally or externally,” Twohill wrote.

“Our highest goal right now is to be helpful to people, so let’s save the jokes for next April, which will undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter than this one,” Twohill added.

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Google has decided to cancel this years April Fools prank out of respect for those fighting new coronavirus pandemic globally. Pixabay

Google usually goes all out on April 1, with numerous pranks across its many products.

The search engine giant has also updated its popular Duo chat app by increasing the group video user limit from 8 to 12 people into a single group call to help more people stay connected and practice social distancing.

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The new 12-person limit compares to eight for house party, 32 for Apple’s FaceTime, 50 for Skype and Messenger, and 100 for Zoom’s free tier. (IANS)