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Water In Venice Canals Goes Crystal Clear After Coronavirus Lockdown
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Water In Venice Canals Goes Crystal Clear After Coronavirus Lockdown

Where pessimists see a half-empty glass, optimists come along to show that it’s actually half-full. Same goes for the ongoing chaos of the coronavirus—while some are hoarding away toilet paper like there’s no tomorrow, there are people who see positive outcomes even in a situation as dire as this. One of these positive outcomes is that pollution has dropped down dramatically following the lockdown of Italy. Scientists and researchers agree on the spotted significant decrease in NO2 levels above the country. So, as the streets are emptier, the air becomes clearer and the muddy waters have cleared up to reveal the life that lives in the canals of Venice but couldn’t be seen as clearly before.

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Following the lockdown of Italy, people are noticing positive changes in Venice

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As the global pandemic continues threatening the world, it has also brought some unexpected, but positive, side effects. Venice—one of the main tourist attractions in Italy—is usually swarmed with people all throughout the year. However, right now, as the entire country is under lockdown, the city has become completely empty, with only pigeons walking the deserted sidewalks and town squares.

Apparently, the waters have cleared up enough to reveal fish that live there

Image credits: Marco Capovilla

Venice has already suffered enough from over-tourism, sinking foundations, and floods. Therefore, now seems like the perfect time to let the city ‘breathe.’ Scientists have already noticed that air pollution has dropped dramatically during the lockdown, but another positive side effect is that the canal waters in Venice have finally cleared up. In it, people can see actual fish living and swimming there. For many, the sight is a joyful one, even if a bit bizarre.

People are capturing photos of the clearer waters and sharing it on social media

Image credits: Marco Capovilla

However, Venice mayor’s office is quick to debunk the rumors that the fish can be seen due to the changed and improved quality of water. “The water now looks clearer because there is less traffic on the canals, allowing the sediment to stay at the bottom,” a spokesman told CNN news. “It’s because there is less boat traffic that usually brings sediment to the top of the water’s surface.”

While there were always fish living there, they could not be seen previously due to the heavy traffic in the canals

Image credits: Marco Capovilla

Nonetheless, the view is still pretty. And for many, this seems like the chance to finally re-evaluate our values and mindless consumerism. “Maybe there needs to be a yearly month-long lockdown every year so nature gets a break,” one woman comments on Facebook. “Above the worries of everybody, there’s always a positive impact that people don’t usually notice,” an optimist comments.

Here’s what some people said online

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Hendra Lim
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2 years ago

this is a prove that with less human, earth is much better place

Pamela Scott
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2 years ago

No to many humans doing to many things all in the same place. If we didn't keep gathering in large groups our planet would be able to cope. If we thought more about what we use and how we use it instead of just trashing everything and only thinking about convince and not about the best way to handle things.

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kurisutofu
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2 years ago

Well, as the mayor explained, it was not dirty. It was just that the boat caused the sediment to go up but now they go to the bottom.

Firham Ghoshali
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2 years ago

It would be unnatural to stir up so much sediment until you cannot see the fish. And how healthy is it for the fish to be swimming in so much sediment which should stay at the bottom ? Not very I guess.

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Alarbah Alkhamsa
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2 years ago

Many people are unaware of the sighs of their creator

John Baker
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2 years ago

Thicc Boii, are you naturally this stupid, or did you have to work at it?

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

this is a prove that with less human, earth is much better place

Pamela Scott
Community Member
2 years ago

No to many humans doing to many things all in the same place. If we didn't keep gathering in large groups our planet would be able to cope. If we thought more about what we use and how we use it instead of just trashing everything and only thinking about convince and not about the best way to handle things.

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kurisutofu
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, as the mayor explained, it was not dirty. It was just that the boat caused the sediment to go up but now they go to the bottom.

Firham Ghoshali
Community Member
2 years ago

It would be unnatural to stir up so much sediment until you cannot see the fish. And how healthy is it for the fish to be swimming in so much sediment which should stay at the bottom ? Not very I guess.

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Alarbah Alkhamsa
Community Member
2 years ago

Many people are unaware of the sighs of their creator

John Baker
Community Member
2 years ago

Thicc Boii, are you naturally this stupid, or did you have to work at it?

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