Reporting on air pollution during the coronavirus pandemic has generally taken a positive tone — but what about ozone pollution?
As Front Page Live previously reported, carbon emissions are down 17%. That’s a historic drop, and a bright light in the middle of these tough times. But NPR has taken a different tone. Instead of celebrating cleaner air, they’re asking a difficult question: Why aren’t pollution levels down even more?
Rather than looking at carbon, NPR focused on ozone levels. Though most places in the US have seen drops in both, the numbers aren’t as dramatic as you might expect. Across the country, ozone levels are down a median of just 7%.
The report highlights the multidimensional challenge of reducing air pollution. While things like working from home do make a difference, there are many sources of air pollution beyond passenger traffic. Measures to create a cleaner atmosphere, then, can’t just focus on cars.