As the world’s leaders cope with the global coronavirus pandemic, some mainstream media outlets are now discussing the “unintended benefit” of the virus, from reducing population to, in some cases, reducing the population of the elderly.
CNN recently called planet Earth an “unintended beneficiary” of coronavirus and celebrated “blue skies” amid shuttered factories in China’s Hubei province.
Citing China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, CNN also noted the average number of “good quality air days” increased 21.5% in February, compared to the same period last year.
Meanwhile, USA Today offered an editorial that suggests the virus may actually be saving lives in some parts of the world because of reduced pollution:
The coronavirus “is already slashing fossil fuel use and corresponding carbon and air pollution emissions in China, Italy and beyond,” Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe said Monday.
Air pollution is responsible for nearly 9 million deaths per year – and much of that comes from fossil fuels, she said.
Reductions in air pollution likely saved lives in China, another expert also concluded.
Stanford University’s Marshall Burke determined that “the reductions in air pollution in China caused by this economic disruption likely saved 20 times more lives in China than have currently been lost due to infection with the virus in that country,” he wrote earlier in March on G-Feed, a blog about global food, environment and economic dynamics.
Two months of pollution reduction “likely has saved the lives of 4,000 kids under 5 and 73,000 adults over 70 in China,” he said.
USA Today also pointed to data suggesting that air quality in Italy has dramatically improved as the country continues to undergo a strict lockdown while its coronavirus death toll rises.
An op-ed in the LA Times argues that the global response to the coronavirus pandemic proves that humanity can, in fact, reduce travel in order to adopt a lower carbon footprint.
The assorted economic and cultural effects of transportation cutbacks and tourism slowdowns will be real and painful. But our society, exercising wisdom in the face of big picture realities and the pandemic, now has an enforced opportunity to assess the true costs of flying. The coronavirus may finally cause us to see air travel for what it is, a fuse burning in the climate bomb.
We have to start thinking now — right now, today, as you read this — about a livable, equitable future for our children, and for that future to be realized we must embrace a world that the coronavirus, perversely, is laying out for us. It is a world of less travel, less consumption, one not pathogen-determined but instead created by our own collective self-restraint, humility and altruism.
Perhaps the most outrageous commentary regarding the coronavirus pandemic to date comes from an editorial for The Times in the U.K. by Ed Conway.
In the op-ed, Conway explains what he believes to be a “silver lining” of the pandemic and declares that coronavirus is a boon for environmentalists due to the fact that “unlike most other such diseases, it kills mostly the old who, let’s face it, are more likely to be climate sceptics.”
While climate change alarmists calling for human extinction in order to save the planet is nothing new, the fact that mainstream outlets like these are touting the dubious “benefits” of a pandemic is incredible. It truly reveals the depths of wickedness in the human heart that we would view our fellow image-bearers of God this way.
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