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Israel's Public Transport Rules Brings Cleaner Air

The fall in economic activity, in- particular, car journeys and public transport use, has significantly improved Israel's air quality, the Ministry of Environmental Protection reports. Israel's Ministry of Environmental Protection has announced that the decline in economic activity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly reduced air pollution in Israel over the past week. The concentration of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the atmosphere has fallen to 30% below average levels. The government's draconian instructions, which have sought to flatten the infection curve and reduce social contact to allow the health system to cope with the spreading epidemic, have in-particular significantly cut use of public transport and vehicle usage. Travel on public transport is down 50% in Jerusalem, 60% in the greater Tel Aviv area, and 85% in the Sharon area. (VFI News)