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Air pollution drops to record low in India following lockdown

Air pollution in parts of India has dropped to record lows following the Covid-19 lockdown. 

Of the 30 most polluted cities in the world, 22 of them are in India. However, following a country-wide lockdown in a bid to slow down the spread of Covid-19, pollution levels have begun to significantly decrease. 

On March 22, millions of residents went into lockdown, and on the same day, parts of India recorded the lowest levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution ever recorded in the Spring season.

As shown on the Real-Time Air Quality Index, in Delhi, particulate matter (PM2.5) dropped from 165µg/m3 on March 21, a level which is considered unhealthy to everyone, to 64µg/m3 on March 29, a level which is considered moderate or acceptable.  

Similarly in Jaipur, on March 21 PM2.5 levels averaged 139µg/m3, by March 29 levels had decreased to 48µg/m3. This is classified as ‘good’, meaning that air quality is satisfactory and poses little or no risk. This is the first time in 2020 that PM2.5 has been recorded as this low. 

The same pattern has been seen in many others countries following lockdown, for example, earlier this month Italy recorded a drop in air pollution, as did the UK as air pollution levels halved. 

However, the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air has said that this should not be seen as a silver lining, it should be seen as how normalised the massive death toll from air pollution has become. 

They state that once the pandemic is over, there are far more effective ways for the government to address air pollution than shutting down parts of the economy, such as enforcing emission standards for large polluters. 

In related news, research has found that exposure to air pollution increases the risk of dying from Covid-19. 

The warning has come from the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), who say that doctors are starting to link higher death rates for Covid-19 to illnesses caused by air pollution such as high blood pressure, diabetes and certain respiratory illnesses.

Photo Credit – Pixabay 

Pippa Neill
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rasiga
rasiga
1 year ago

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2 years ago

I in a real sense feel better about contamination! I can obviously see a few mists rather than brown haze now. Incredible news! It is to be sure said that each difficult situation has a bright side.

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Teresa Ruffin
2 years ago

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James
James
2 years ago

Thank you for sharing this news with us. I am very glad that, in fact, our ecology is becoming much cleaner. It’s bad that for this you have to close all people at home and so far this is the only solution to the problem that has arisen. In fact, I had no idea that India has such a big problem with air pollution. And I really hope that soon we will be able to breathe calmly and not be afraid that the air can literally become poisonous for us in the future. I would not want my children to breathe something like that.
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I’m so glad pollution isn’t an issue anymore! I can now see some clouds instead of the haze. That’s wonderful news to hear! There is a silver lining to every cloud, after all.

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2 years ago

I would imagine living for decades in an environment with polluted air probably isn’t going to do you any favors when you have to deal with epidemics of respiratory disease. If we don’t want to see another Coronavirus we need to not only revamp how we handle pathogens but also how we handle our air and our environment as a whole. It’s all connected.

Anthony
Anthony
2 years ago

stay home, stay safe stay healthy

Health Conscious
Health Conscious
3 years ago

But smog is still a problem in big cities.

Cora
Cora
3 years ago

I literally feel so relieved about pollution! I can clearly see some clouds instead of smog now. Great news! It is indeed said that every cloud has a silver lining.

Himanshu
Himanshu
3 years ago

I think in a month there wi atleast two days lockdown to control the pollution in the air. As we see in this lockdown also that pollution level decreases drastically.

Michael
Michael
3 years ago

Most of the vehicles have been off the roads , factories and other activities which pollutes air drastically in the capital of NewDelhi.The chaneces of polluting of polluting elements are meager in the wake of covid 19.Nation has draw a strategies for free polluted air after lack down and forthcoming years .The plan which is going to roll out ,should be determined strategy forever.

DAKSHAY YADAV
DAKSHAY YADAV
3 years ago

BUT WHAT IS THE AIR QUALITY INDEX OF MARCH?

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