The Coronavirus outbreak is not only impacting the lives of humans but also affecting the planet. However, this impact is a positive one. Air pollution and CO2 fall rapidly in regions all over the world. Due to coronavirus lockdown factories are closed and fewer people are using their cars.
Due to coronavirus lockdown in several countries, air pollution and CO2 fall swiftly. NASA and the European Space Agency was the first who noticed this impact. They revealed a satellite image that displays a notable reduction in nitrogen dioxide emissions (NO2) in the cities of China between January to February. Moreover, NO2 is released by factories, power plants, cars, and persist close to where it is released.
According to the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, northern Italy has also observed a decrease in nitrogen dioxide emissions since lockdowns in the zone were put in place.
BBC stated that according to researchers, New York has examined carbon monoxide emissions, whose major release source is cars, decreased by roughly 50 percent alternatively to the last year. Furthermore, the levels of traffic are estimated to be lower by 35 percent. And CO2 has been fall from 5 to 10 percent over the city. Also, there is a reduction in the emission of Methane.
Even Los Angeles, a city famous for its smog and pollution. As people are not going out from their homes, has noticed an excessive improvement in air quality.
I know we're all contemplating the pandemic, but check this out. Air quality in SoCal right now isn't good. It's incredible. Like numbers from another era. It's not just the rain. Having less traffic is making our city more livable. Think about it. pic.twitter.com/GPNIzDnmXj
— Peter Flax (@Pflax1) March 18, 2020
It is anticipated that nations across the world are going to perceive a reduction in emissions as the aviation industry canceling flights. According to Prof Róisín Commane, from Columbia University, who is responsible for the New York air monitoring work,
“I expect we will have the smallest increase in May to May peak CO2 that we’ve had in the northern hemisphere since 2009, or even before.”
Additionally, one caution to the discoveries is that once the coronavirus outbreak will under control carbon emissions are anticipated to increase. Following the worldwide financial crash in 2008-2009, as the use of fossil fuel jumped, emissions shot up by 5 percent.