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Professor Luke O'Neill


Coronavirus has brought heartbreak to mankind but could it be good for the planet

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BREATHE DEEPLY: This photo taken last Thursday shows the air over Wuhan — where the virus began — beginning to clear up. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

BREATHE DEEPLY: This photo taken last Thursday shows the air over Wuhan — where the virus began — beginning to clear up. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

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BREATHE DEEPLY: This photo taken last Thursday shows the air over Wuhan — where the virus began — beginning to clear up. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

As the horrors of Covid-19 continue to grip every country, something interesting is happening to the climate of poor Mother Earth.

Never before has there been a shut down of human activity all over the world at the scale we are currently witnessing. And this turns out to be good for the planet, at least temporarily.

Global CO2 levels have stopped rising, pollution in China is at an all-time low, and the fish can now be seen in the waters of Venice.