Upside of ISIS: All the slaughter is improving air quality in the Middle East

Upside of ISIS: All the slaughter is improving air quality in the Middle East

[Ed. – Oh yes they did.  For some reason, you have to keep clicking through to get to the names of the researchers reporting this effect.  It’s almost like someone is afraid the rest of us think #HumanLivesMatter, or something.  H/t: Daniel Greenfield, FrontPage.]

Political disturbance and armed conflict in the Middle East since 2010 have had the unintended consequence of making the air cleaner.

Researchers say that in countries like Syria and Iraq, levels of air pollutants have fallen dramatically.

The amount of nitrogen dioxide in the air over Damascus has fallen by up to 50% since start of the civil war.

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The authors believe their work has important lessons for projections of global emissions. …

In countries like Syria, where millions of people have attempted to flee the fighting since 2011, levels of nitrogen dioxide plummeted over Damascus and Aleppo.

But in nearby Lebanon, there was a “drastic” rise of up to 30% of the same pollutant, thanks to the influx of refugees.

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