Although on the one hand Coronavirus makes a panic, and threatens the health of humanity, as well as making a setback for the world economy.
But on the other hand, this pandemic also brings wisdom. One of them, planet Earth can take a break and breathe easier when the air becomes cleaner and the atmosphere of the world as a whole is calmer. Yes, because most human activities are forced to stop.
Because of this pandemic, most countries force their people to stay at home. In the end makes the level of consumption of fossil fuels also decreased. This is certainly good for the earth, because pollution levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air decreases. The reduced human movement in nature and the outdoor environment significantly begins to reduce the amount of noise pollution and earthquakes.
Previously, wildlife populations in many countries have declined from 29 to 40 percent over the past decade. However, improvements and increases in wildlife populations began to appear since the corona virus pandemic took place. The positive impact of other corona virus outbreaks related to biodiversity is the reduction of tourists in natural habitats. The tourism industry has declined sharply making activities such as camping and traveling in the natural habitat of wildlife drastically reduced and reducing forest fires.
Without the Covid-19 outbreak, it might be difficult to see the Earth's current atmosphere.
The corona virus outbreak has made the earth 'able to breathe deeper'. That is why human absence actually makes natural conditions improve.
The following are the conditions for the positive impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the Earth's atmosphere in a number of countries.
Check out the before and after photos of cities showing significantly reduced pollution in the gallery below!
1. New Delhi, India
Image source: Anushree Fadnavis/Adnan Abidi
The top picture was taken on November 8, 2018 and the one on the bottom was taken this year on the 8th of April.
This year, the earth celebrates 50 years of Earth Day celebrations. Earth celebrates its best conditions in half a century. Many people experience unexpected things. For the first time in a row, greenhouse gas emissions, consumption of fossil fuels, air, land and sea traffic have drastically decreased. This situation makes greenhouse gas emissions in March 2020 to be the same condition as the 1990s, which is 30 years ago.
2 Los Angeles, California
Image source: David McNew
If there’s something LA is widely known for, it’s its smog. However, Business Insider reports that reduced traffic and fewer planes has improved air quality significantly.
The Montreal Protocol for the Vienna Convention, which recognizes the responsibility of countries to improve the ozone layer and has become one of the most successful environmental conventions, has saved the ozone layer. There are reports that the movement of satellites, aircraft, missiles and similar activities can also affect the ozone layer. Some of them have naturally declined sharply over the past two months.
3. The India Gate War Memorial, New Delhi, India
Image source: AFP
Above you can see the India Gate war memorial in New Delhi on October 17, 2019 compared to a picture taken 21 days after a nationwide lockdown has been announced. According to Reuters , New Delhi is currently experiencing the longest “spell of clean air” to date.
4. Milan, Italy
Image source: Flavio Lo Scalzo
According to BBC, Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Europe. However, the current lockdown has caused the smog to clear up. The bottom picture was taken on April 17, 2020 and the top one just 4 months before.
5. Venice Lagoons
Image source: European Space Agency
In the satellite photos captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission you can clearly see that the reduced boat traffic has caused Venice’s canals to clear up.
6. North Jakarta, Indonesia
Image source: Willy Kurniawan
The top photo was taken on the 26th of July , 2018, and the one on the bottom was taken on the 16th of April, 2020 – the difference in smog levels is clearly visible.
Jakarta, which has been known as one of the cities with the worst air quality in the world, also experienced the same thing. DKI Jakarta Environment Agency (DLH) states that since the implementation of work from home, air quality has continued to improve in recent times.
7. The Grand Canal, Venice, Italy
Image source: Manuel Silvestri
In an interview with CNN, Venice mayor’s office reported that reduced levels of boat traffic has caused the sediment to stay in the bottom of the canals.
8. Yamuna River, New Delhi, India
Image source: Adnan Abidi
According to NY Times, 14 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are located in India. However, water of the Yamuna River in New Delhi has cleared up significantly since the lockdown began. Ten top photo was taken on March 21, 2018, and the bottom one was taken on the 8th of April of this year.
9 Jakarta, Indonesia
Image source: Willy Kurniawan
The Jakarta Post reports that the city was named the fifth-most polluted capital in the world back in 2019. Although ever since the social restrictions were issued in March, the pollution levels have dropped quite a bit. The top photo was taken on July 4, 2019 and the bottom one on April 16, 2020.
10. Electricity Pylons, New Delhi, India
Image source: Adnan Abidi
CNN reported a 71% decrease in microscopic particulate (PM 2.5) in just a single week since the lockdown. The top photo was taken on on October 30, 2019 and the bottom one on April 13, 2020.
11. Islamabad, Pakistan
Image source: Faisal Mahmood/Saiyna Bashir
Back on the 2nd of April Dawn reported that Islamabad’s air quality was dropping. However, ever since the lockdown, it seems to have been improving. The top photo was taken on August 3, 2017 and the bottom one was taken just a few days ago, on the 20th of April.