On a Clear Day

The dark cloud of mass unemployment and illness has a silver lining: cleaner air, less pollution. Here’s a panorama of the view looking west from Cesar Chavez Park during morning rush hour on Friday May 15, starting south with the Port of Oakland and ranging north to the Port of Richmond.

There’s a push-pull relation between air pollution and the coronavirus. News reports say that dirty air makes the people who have to breathe it more liable to have severe cases of coronavirus infection and to die from it. But the shelter-in-place orders have brought about major reductions in air pollution, and cities like Los Angeles that consistently had some of the worst air have been recording some of the best. Source.

Downtown San Francisco 5/15/20

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