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Air Quality Was Worse During COVID Shutdown Despite Far Fewer Cars on the Road, Data Shows

In some heavily polluted parts of the world like China and India, the economic shutdowns that resulted from attempts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus resulted in cleaner air. However, in Minnesota, the air was actually less clean during Governor Walz's shutdown than the previous five-year average. According to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) air quality was actually worse in Hennepin County during the COVID-19 shutdown even though traffic volumes were down around 40 percent. The first graph shows air quality data from March 16, 2020 through June 10, 2020....

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Todd Myers: The Coronavirus Lockdown Has Not Made the Air Cleaner

A few weeks ago I wrote about how the Coronavirus shutdown had not resulted in lower levels of particulate matter in the Twin Cities despite a dramatic downturn in daily car traffic. I got the idea to write that article from my friend, Todd Myers, who is the director of environmental policy at the Washington Policy Center. He recently wrote another article on the subject that was published in the National Review. You can read that article below. The Coronavirus Lockdown Has Not Made the Air Cleaner- Why are so many activists saying so anyway? Just about every day, someone claims that the air...

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Washington Times: Harvard Quietly Backtracks on Air Pollution-Coronavirus Deaths Link

It appears a study that claimed to show an increase in Coronavirus deaths linked to small particulates is being walked back by Harvard University. The study originally claimed that higher levels of particulates have resulted in more COVID-19 deaths in the United States. This claim never made sense if one believes the death figures reported by the Chinese government. This is because if air quality were a major factor, one would assume that the the death rate would be much higher in heavily-polluted China, where the death rate is 58 people per 1 million of population, compared to the United States,...

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COVID-19 Shutdown Hasn’t Resulted In Better Air Quality, Minnesota Air Monitoring Data Shows

News outlets like  National Geographic and CNN are running stories talking about how Coronavirus-related economic shutdowns are resulting in better air quality in some cities around the world. While cities like New Delhi, Seoul, Wuhan, and Los Angeles have seen improvements in air quality resulting from widespread economic shutdowns, this same trend has not been observed in Minnesota, according to data collected by air quality monitoring stations. In fact, the data show that concentrations of small particles, often referred to as PM2.5, have been higher during the dates of the shutdown than they were in previous years despite the fact that...

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