Remember how excited everyone was in the early days of the pandemic about the notion that animals were having a giant party while the humans were at a home? Well, although animals are not poised to actually take over the planet any time soon, the planet has been impacted by COVID-19 in big ways. Various maps of the world, taken from space, tell the story in great detail.
As reported by Inverse, and other science-focused publications, NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) just released an interactive dashboard called The Covid19 Earth Observation Dashboard. Basically, it’s a bunch of customizable maps that let you see, in great detail how the planet, and your region specifically, has changed since COVID-19 began.
Curious about the change in the number of parked cars in your town? Whether or not greenhouse gases have diminished in your area because of the pandemic? Live in a harbor town, and wondering about boat traffic? It’s all here. Below, is a tutorial video from NASA that gives you an idea of how you can navigate this fairly amazing map tool.
Overall, there’s a general consensus that the impacts of COVID-19 are different depending on where you live in the world. Using this tool, you’ll find that it is overwhelmingly true. This is why your friends who live in totally different states are having very different experiences from you and your family.
That said, something that all families will notice when looking at these trends is that overwhelmingly, the world has changed because of COVID-19. Most of us are driving less. Carbon emissions are down, and people are walking around a lot more. In a world where good news is hard to find, these maps are a glimmer of hope in a dark world.
Check out the dashboard here.