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Thanks Chris!

How could anyone not be thrilled to see fish, dolphins, etc!

I've wondered about the effects of all this world-slowdown; according to a few studies, overall nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emissions have decreased by at least 25%. Skies in parts of China (the world’s biggest polluter) have gone back to almost blue, apparently.

Of course, it is speculated that we will have a “revenge pollution” episode afterward, in a kind of making-up-for-lost-time thing. But for now, the earth is showing it resilience and strength.
Maybe some folks will learn from this…

Air least for me as a self-employed illustrator, life hasn’t changed a lot; I basically live in self-quarantine anyway, and I’m sure this is true for many of us. I feel lucky to have work and can carry on, as usual…

Stay safe everyone and thanks Chris for the bright spot!

Barb




On Mar 19, 2020, at 10:53 PM, Chris Gralapp <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi Sci-Arters,

This coronavirus is a huge challenge for us all--but one of the few upsides seems to be unexpected resilience of the natural world--we saw this article about the clearing of the Venetian canals:

https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/coronavirus/venice-canals-clear-dolphins-swim-italy-lockdown/

And I am sure there are many other examples--let's keep an eye out for these moments of uplift!  I am expecting that the air will be clearer because there are fewer cars on the road, and also that the airlines have curtailed flights significantly.  I remember hearing that the one day in our century that had the most sunlight reaching the earth's surface was--wait for it--September 12, 2001, because the airlines were grounded.  

I think the earth heals quickly, if only we can give her a chance--of course, it is a bummer that it has to be in this fashion, but another way to look at it is the quarantines will be an interesting experiment--and the results will be fascinating, once we get through it all.

Stay safe everyone! Find fun art projects to keep you engaged.

Best,

Chris



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