"As the virus ravaged northern Italy in the spring, Valentina Bosetti and Massimo Tavoni, married economists at the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment in Milan, were stuck at home with their three sons.
'Instead of killing each other and killing the kids, at some point we thought, OK, there is this data,' Bosetti told me.
Despite transportation and industry being all but halted, the couple found that air quality hadn’t improved as much as many locals thought. 'Newspapers were saying, Blue sky, everything is perfect,' Bosetti said. 'Not really.'"