The coronavirus lockdown has been like a blessing in disguise for the environment. With humans self quarantined in their homes, animals have literally taken to the empty streets. Lush green trees and vibrant flowers are thriving. The pollution levels in many countries have dropped down significantly. According to data published by NASA, the air pollution in North India is at a 20-year low. For years, the capital, New Delhi has grappled with unprecedented air pollution. Pollution levels even hit the hazardous mark during the winter season. So this comes as great news.
What’s In It?
The drop in air pollution level was observed after just a week of reduced human activity. The data presents a 20-year low in aerosol levels for this time of the year in North India. When it comes to South India, the story is a little foggier. Satellite data depicts that aerosol level haven’t decreased yet to the same extent. Levels seem to be slightly higher than in the past four years. The reasons might be related to weather patterns, winds, agricultural fires and other factors. India is not the only place to witness cleaner air. Lockdown restrictions of travel and industry imposed have contained the spread of coronavirus. And at the same time, there has been unprecedented reductions in deadly air pollution levels across the world. We hope, that once this lockdown is removed, we will continue to take care of the environment and breathe cleaner air.