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Coronavirus lockdown reveals clearer air and cleaner rivers

The Coronavirus outbreak has extended lockdowns  as India crosses the 21,000 mark of surging Covid-19 cases with 600 deaths, with result to schools, workplace, industries, transport shutting down and forcing people to stay indoors safe at home. The Lockdown has led to unintended boon in the country with 6 out of 10 of the world’s most polluted cities blowing with cleaner air.

Kunal Chopra says “It is a hell of a change”, for who suffers from chronic bronchitis and whose morning walks no longer begin with a shot from an inhaler. “The air is much fresher and my breathing problems have gone down.”

As per December 2019 report by the Global Alliance of Health and Pollution. Every year more than 2 million people die due to pollution. However, lockdown has led to a decrease in pollution.
On 25 march, the  first day of the lockdown the average PM 2.5 levels decreased by 22% and nitrogen dioxide which comes from burning fossil fuels dropped by 15%, according to air pollution data analyzed by the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air.

As per the recent analysis of  Delhi Pollution Control Board, the lockdown has also improved the quality of the Yamuna River flowing along New Delhi.  The report cited a decrease in runoffs from 28 industrial clusters and less trash.

The strict lockdown measures that are set to be lifted on May 3 also have had an effect on India’s rivers amid a pandemic outbreak





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