Coronavirus: the pandemic's impact on air pollution levels in charts

Covid-19 lockdowns have seen air pollution levels plummet across areas that have put restrictions in place, including China, northern Italy and European cities, data shows. Early evidence suggests that pollution levels are beginning to drop in London too.

LONDON LOCKDOWN: How Covid-19 controls are impacting air pollution levels in the capital

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Like the rest of the UK, the capital's lockdown began earlier this week. Emerging evidence suggests that air pollution levels are already beginning to tumble. According to researchers at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate Matter (PM2.5) levels have fallen in London since mid-February. Levels have been significantly lower than the average of the previous five years, the academics say.

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