10 Positive Things That Are Happening Due To The Coronavirus

Given the fact that the coronavirus is taking a heavy toll on the world, did we mention world?? No, it is taking a heavy toll on the human race. The number of infected cases has crossed 800,000 with a total death of 40,000 people. It is a sad situation no doubt but looking at this problem from an environmental perspective, one can’t help thinking how the negative impact of the coronavirus on humans has had an adversely positive effect on the planet, like pollution for instance.

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There have been videos circulating showing wild animals walking around towns and cities locked down by curfews and the reduction of transport has undoubtedly brought down air pollution in several countries. It seems the earth is in a detox mode. Here are 10 positive things that have happened in the wake of the coronavirus.

1 Satellites found decreases in one air pollutant, but that doesn’t mean the air is free of all pollution

On February 28th, an image released by NASA reported how a reduction in transport, industrial and business activity since the coronavirus outbreak resulted in reduced levels of atmospheric nitrogen dioxide NO2 over China.

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Image Source: nasa.gov

2CO2 emissions have reduced

As per reports in Carbon Brief, during the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, key industries were operating at much lower levels than usual. Many had shut down. Oil refinery operation in Shandong province, for example, was operating at their lowest since 2015. Coal consumption at these plants was at an all-time low.

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Image Source: nasa.gov

This resulted in the decrease in the CO2 emissions by 25% in comparison to 2019. Given the fact that would reduce annual totals by 1 %, the same scenario will have been repeated in similar plants across the world during the quarantine period. The most significant factor in this scenario is that all over the world the same is happening leading to a much bigger significant reductions in CO2 emissions across the planet.

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Image Source: earthobservatory.nasa.gov

3Reduced Public Transportation has lead to a reduction of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases on the air

It doesn’t take an expert to realize how the massive reduction of transport has decreased pollution in major cities around the globe. Take India for instance. The Central Pollution Control Board has shown how the 21-day lockdown of the country has vastly improved the air quality in 103 cities in the country and in just a week. 61 cities have recorded “satisfactory”, level and 30 cities have recorded “good” level. The air quality of 12 cities has recorded at “moderate” category. Delhi the National capital and the world’s most polluted capital city has shown an air quality index value of 62 and at a satisfactory level. The smog has turned to blue skies now.

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This also proves another point. The clean air has shown us how important an issue climate change is and how it has made an impact on the planet because these few weeks have shown us the difference.

Image Source: newindianexpress.com

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