Opinion: does nature really heal?

Editor’s Note

When Erin malsbury took charge of this week’s cover story Green problem, that was originally … well, let’s just say we didn’t choose exactly what it was about. What we did know was that throughout the pandemic people talked about how “nature heals“—But the scientific evidence for this anecdotal observation was far from ideal. We wanted to know how much nature actually heals and tell this story in a way that has yet to be done.

As she always does, Malsbury has found a way to do just that. She had taken into account many factors of what scientists call the “anthropause– air pollution, state of the oceans, etc. – but the one thing that kept coming back was noise. Specifically, the sudden reduction in it during the pandemic and how it was affecting wildlife in a remarkable way. What was even more remarkable was the hard data scientists now have on this subject, which is presented in his article. What surprised me most were the unexpected manifestations of this phenomenon – most of us probably suspected that the pandemic had increased animal incursions into civilization, but did any of us think that this change the sound of songbirds? Or the stress levels of whales? It’s a fascinating story; I highly recommend that you read it. Malsbury will also be talking about his article on Wednesday July 7 on KSQD’s “Cruz News and Views” (3 pm-4pm, 90.7FM).


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