Lockdowns have made the world’s most polluted cities see an unprecedented drop in air pollution

Because of the coronavirus lockdowns, major cities have come to a standstill. It’s also having a positive impact on the environment even though that may be incredibly inconvenient.

According to an analysis by IQAir, global air quality information, and tech company, pollution in major cities has decreased by as much as 60 percent when compared to 2019 during a three-week period of lockdowns.

Researchers have taken 10 major cities around the world with high levels of COVID-19 cases and strict lockdown measures for this research. They have measured the levels of harmful microscopic particulate matter (called PM2.5), which is a dangerous pollutant. Seven cities such as New Delhi, Seoul, Wuhan, and Mumbai, saw notable improvements in air quality, and drops in their levels of PM2.5 pollution.

New Delhi often ranks as the world’s most polluted city. But it saw a 60 percent reduction in its PM2.5 levels between March 23 and April 13, from the same period last year. There was a 54 percent drop in PM2.5 levels between February 26 and March 18 in Seoul, and in Wuhan, where the virus originated registered a 44 percent drop in air pollution levels between February 26 and March 18. Los Angeles is with PM2.5 levels down by 51 percent from the previous four-year average and they enjoyed its longest stretch of clean air on record.

It has proven a decrease in air pollution throughout the world. The Himalayas were suddenly visible after the strict lockdown imposed throughout the country in Northern India. After a drop in air pollution cleared the skies Germany recently set a solar power record too.

source used : matadornetwork.com

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