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The Holy Land’s Day of Zero Emissions

All of the streets are completely empty as Israel observes Yom Kippur. What could this do to cut back C02 emissions?

For those who don't know, yesterday was Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, which is the holiest day of the year for Jews worldwide. Typically, Jews fast for the entire day and refrain from going to work, school, and many other daily activities. And it's obviously an important day in Israel as well, but what's really interesting is that nobody drives. The roads are completely empty and people can walk and ride their bikes freely.

So this made us wonder: how much of a decrease in C02 emissions occurred in that one day alone? Chances are it doesn't make a huge difference, but what if citizens in other countries throughout the world did the same as Israel and chose not to drive for a day as well?

In this video we can see the empty roads throughout Tel Aviv and how peaceful it actually looks. It must also be fun for kids to ride their bikes in the normally busy city streets. Even in Milan, Italy, city officials are aware of their own pollution problems and have therefore cut all traffic today (Sunday) between 8am and 6pm, local time. All told, some 120,000 vehicles will be affected. But check out all of Tel Aviv's empty multilane highways and streets. It's really quite a thing.

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