Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Impacts of COVID-19/Coronavirus on Environment

What are the Impacts of COVID-19/Coronavirus on Environment Globally?

The emergence of the coronavirus as a World Health Epidemic and fears of it spreading have halted air and ground travel in some regions of the world and stalled it elsewhere, significantly reducing the number of carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere.
Impacts of COVID-19/Coronavirus on Environment
Pollution monitoring satellites from NASA and the European Space Agency have detected significant decreases of nitrogen dioxide over China since Jan, following the outbreak of the virus, evidence that the noxious gas being emitted by motor vehicles, power plants, and industrial facilities has nearly come to a complete stop.
Almost every U.S. air carrier has suspended international flights to affected areas and has issued traveled waives for passengers who have flights booked in the coming months. In addition, global air traffic decreased by 4.3% in February amid the COVID-19 outbreak, aircraft flight traffic website FlightRadar24.

In fact, if there were a major change in the world's economic support, enough to make a difference in climate change, the world's population would have much more immediate problems to worry about than a climate crisis in the next 100 years, such as whether people could work and buy food
Air pollution levels as observed by satellites are showing drastic improvements in many areas that have been undergoing restrictive quarantines due to COVID-19.
In Venice, the pandemic is having unexpected environmental effects, the often murky canals recently began to get clearer, with fish visible in the water below.
Impacts of COVID-19/Coronavirus on Environment
The unexpected clarity of the water isn't necessarily a sign of improved water quality, however. Perhaps the most important factor behind this phenomenon, experts say, is the unusual lack of boat traffic. And the changes happened quickly. 

Normally, the large number of boats which frequent the canals stir up sediments, making them float and increasing the water's turbidity, the cloudiness or haziness of a liquid. Now that there is a lack of boat traffic, the sediments stay on the bottom of the canals, making them appear much clearer than normal.
In India, Nitrogen dioxide went from 52 per cubic meter to 15 in the same period also a 71% fall. Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangalore which are the most polluted city have recorded a fall in these air pollutants.

People say that they have not seen such blue skies in Delhi, India for the past 10 years.

Air pollution hit record high levels, forcing schools to close and flights to be diverted. Other cities in northern India also suffered.

Four months later, the skies are now clearing up. But the impact of living in such badly polluted conditions has left a hidden problem for residents: a potential vulnerability to the coronavirus pandemic a severe respiratory disease.

Quarantine measures appear to be having an effect on Wildlife around the World, as humans are increasingly confined to their homes.

In Thailand, a video emerged of a mob of monkeys fighting over scraps of food in the city of Lopburi. The animals have come to rely on food given to them by tourists, but visitor numbers have dried up dramatically in recent weeks.

Coronavirus pandemic shutdowns have unintended climate benefits: cleaner air, clearer water.
The coronavirus pandemic has sickened more than 20,00,000 people and killed more than 25,000 worldwide.
Satellite observations have shown that As industries, transport networks and businesses have closed down, it has brought a sudden in harmful emissions.

On the other hand, hard economic times could undermine enthusiasm for environmental protection as people prioritize health, safety, and recovery.

COVID-19 has taken a grim global toll on lives, health services, jobs, and mental health. But, if anything, it has also shown the difference that communities can make when they look out for each other – and that’s one lesson that could be invaluable in dealing with climate change.
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