Officials believe that the lack of boat rides has allowed sediment in the canals to settle at the bottom. Scientists say nitrogen oxide levels have also dropped over northern
The whole of the country was plunged into quarantine to try to grapple the coronavirus crisis, with
Amidst the rare welcome side-effect of the health crisis, one Venetian local, Marco Capovilla, said he “had never seen” the water so clear after filming some of the fish under the surface.
He said: “The city doesn’t have sewers, so normally everything goes into the canals, including detergents and cosmetics.”
Thanks to the quarantine, we are experiencing a cleaner environment.”
Bank worker Martina Bettoni, 33, said: “Seeing so many fish in the canals was extremely rare before the quarantine.”
I hope we’ll learn from this tragic time, and that when this is over
A European Space Agency-backed programme has already shown pollution in sharp decline over northern
They include significant reductions in NO2 levels in
There are also signs of falling NO2 levels in
A spokesperson for the
He added: “The air, however, is less polluted since there are fewer vaporetti and boat traffic than usual because of the restricted movement of residents.”
People have welcomed the fish as a sign of light in the darkness of the pandemic.
Air quality has also improved in
The city is also struggling with unsustainable over-tourism.
It has also had problems with the sinking of its historical buildings into the water and a dwindling population.