Remember how excited everyone was in the early days of the pandemic at the idea that animals had a giant party while humans were in a house? Well, although the animals are not ready to take over the planet any time soon, the planet has been impacted by COVID-19 to a great extent. Various maps of the world, taken from space, tell the story in great detail.
As reported by Reverseand other science-focused publications, NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have just released an interactive dashboard called The Covid Earth Observation Board19. Basically, it’s a bunch of customizable maps that allow you to see, in great detail, how the planet, and its region specifically, has changed since COVID-19 began.
Curious about the change in the number of cars parked in your city? Have the greenhouse gases in your area decreased or not due to the pandemic? Do you live in a port city and wonder about boat traffic? Everything is here. Below is a video tutorial from NASA that gives you an idea of how you can navigate this pretty amazing map tool.
In general, there is a general consensus that COVID-19’s impacts are different depending on where you live in the world. With this tool, you will discover that it is overwhelmingly true. That is why your friends who live in totally different states are having very different experiences from you and your family.
That said, one thing that all families will notice when looking at these trends is that overwhelmingly, the world has changed due to COVID-19. Most of us are driving less. Carbon emissions are down and people are walking much more. In a world where good news is hard to find, these maps are a ray of hope in a dark world.
Look at the board here.
NASA’s Space Maps publication shows how quarantine has changed our everyday lives first appeared in Fatherly.