If humanity were to hit the reset button to deal aggressively with climate change and environmental health problems, the world would look something like this.

Measures to deal with the scourge of the novel coronavirus have justifiably taken center stage in recent weeks, and intensive work is being done across the world to throttle the spread of COVID-19 and create a vaccine to blunt its tragic consequences.

Yet there is an upside to recent tragic events and it can serve a useful purpose. The corollary effects of social distancing and quarantine, police checkpoints, grounded air traffic, and shuttered factories include a sudden decrease in industrial pollution and climate-gas emissions.