Researchers took the initiative to monitor wildlife status before, during, and after blocking the coronavirus — how the lack of people affected the world and whether or not the “planet was cleansed.”
The team’s goal is to study what they called the “anthropause” – a temporary slowdown in human activity on a global scale and its impact on ecosystems.
According to them, measuring this impact will show how we can “save our crowded planet.” They describe the mission in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. It will enable scientists to learn as much as possible about the impact of the sudden absence of people everywhere.
Professor Christian Rutz of the University of St. Andrews noted that biological recorders – small tracking devices mounted on animals to record their movements and other behavior – collect information in ecosystems throughout the pandemic. Now the team is processing the data.