Coronavirus Healing The Earth
While COVID-19 lockdown has imposed significant economic and social jolts as global construction, expenditure, and engagement levels declined sharply, they have also been linked with substantial declines in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
As a result, air quality levels in the world’s major cities enhanced significantly in March and April. Air quality enhanced mostly because of a decrease in factory and road traffic emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and related ozone (O3) structure, and particulate matter (PM). At the same time, global air traffic fell by 60%. Taken together, these emissions declines have led to a momentary dip in CO2 emissions from their pre-crisis levels, urging some to hope that our global community may indeed be able to lessen greenhouse gas emissions significantly over the long term to mitigate imminent climate change.