The Coronavirus, Immissions and the Combustion Engine

The effect traffic reduction, engine improvements, and weather conditions have on air pollution



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The Coronavirus, Immissions
and the Combustion Engine

The coronavirus pandemic is providing unique experimental data not only for researchers but also for politicians with responsibility for the environment and transport. The lockdown measures resulted in a sudden and dramatic fall in the volume of personal and freight transport and a halving of the traffic peaks. We could have been justified in thinking that levels of air pollution in the form of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter should also have fallen. But there is no clear evidence that this is the case for nitrogen oxides and particulates.


Material from: Frank Urbansky, Freelance Journalist and Author, The Coronavirus, Immissions and the Combustion Engine, IN THE SPOTLIGHT article from MTZ Worldwide [10/2020] [the websites of Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, which are available at] reproduced with permission of Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH.




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