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Virus Ecology

Back in 2013 and 2014 we pondered how a break from technology could improve our ability to focus and relax — and also how it might benefit nature.

Now that humans have been sequestered from the outdoors for well over a month (or much longer, in some areas) we're beginning to see the answers to these inquiries, and they're stunning. While we may be using technology more than ever to stay together/apart, the fact that we're not out there driving, visiting national parks and beaches, and in general living the way we live in the 21stcentury, has had an incredible effect on the environment and its resident wildlife:

  • In just 30 days, the Himalayas emerged from 30 years of pollution to shine peaks that have not been visible in decades;
  • In Venice, without tourism, the canals run clear, prompting dolphins to frolic in the crystal waters;
  • Black bears are thriving at Yosemite National Park without humans around;
  • In South Africa, lions enjoy peaceful sleep right on the roadways that are now devoid of vehicles and people;
  • Perhaps most astonishing of all, the famous Los Angeles smog, typically visible from 100 miles away, has been curbed.

Here at Impact Absorbents, we couldn't be happier about these positive outcomes from sheltering in place. And while we wish no one had to endure the virus, it is teaching us a lot about how humans contribute to the destruction of our ecosystem, and the changes we need to make as a global family.

As a company, we've been on the frontlines of ecological solutions for incidents and accidents that can pollute our ecosystem for the past 28 years. We're currently supplying large volumes of facemasks to the healthcare and grocery/retail markets, and have created a "how to use" document to support people in employing this protection properly. 

We'll get through this collective crisis together, and hopefully emerge with a renewed respect for Nature, and how we can co-exist more sustainably going forward. 

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