'Nature is healing': Posts mislead on impact of Covid lockdowns on the environment

Published on 15/10/2021 at 10:56

Facebook posts circulating in Sri Lanka claim Covid-19 lockdowns imposed around the world resulted in nature "restoring itself". The posts claim that the lockdowns caused air pollution to drop "two-three fold"; prompted a drop in global temperatures, and even helped the ozone layer to "recover". The posts are misleading, according to environmental experts, who said they oversimplified environmental changes in 2020-21. Lockdowns likely had a "minimal" impact on global warming and any reductions in air pollution were not universal, they said.