Venice canals, Climate changing, Coronavirus

Climate changing? Italy canals turn crystal clear amid Coronavirus pandemic

The Italian city, Venice, is seen to be the clearest in 60 years, and dolphins have been spotted down in southern Italy, swimming in clearer water, and experts say it is due to positive impacts on the climate amid coronavirus outbreak.

The canals in Venice are clearer than they have been for a long time, due to lockdown measures taken in the face of coronavirus, reported Classicfm.

As countries and their governments are urging their populations more and more to ‘self-isolate’ and stop all non-essential travel abroad, tourist “honey traps” including Venice are seeing hardly any visitors.

 “The water now looks clearer because there is less traffic on the canals, allowing the sediment to stay at the bottom,” a spokesperson for the Venice mayoral office told CNN.

He continued: “It’s because there is less boat traffic that usually brings sediment to the top of the water’s surface.”

So the water itself isn’t necessarily in any better condition or cleaner, but is less churned up. And it’s clarity seems to be to be attracting more creatures than usual. Swans and fish have even been spotted paddling and swimming around.

“Venice hasn’t seen clear canal water in a very long time,” Gianluca De Santis says in a Twitter post. “Nature just hit the reset button on us.”

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