Almost all countries are seeing strict lockdown procedures since the onset of Coronavirus early on in March 2020. The air quality has seen an improvement over the last few months. Ozone holes are closing up, areas of high Carbon emission show a record low, and many more. But the whole point is whether this will remain the same after lockdown is lifted.
Air pollution is the major reason behind all sorts of heart conditions and other respiratory diseases. People exposed to high levels of carbon emission suffer from several types of Cancer. Also being close to greenhouse gas emissions affects the respiratory tract and increases the chances of infection with SARS related virus.
Will the air pollution rise once Coronavirus lockdown is over?
The level of air quality is quite good at this moment. People are finally able to breathe in the fresh air, something they could not do for a long time. The rise in global temperature is also very less at this moment. The global temperature has a limit of rising to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. This standard works as a general warning to avoid the dangerous effects of global warming.
Less traffic in our city during #UKlockdown has had a significant impact on air pollution levels already. A basic analysis of the NO2 levels, illustrated by this graph, suggests an average reduction of approx. 36%. More in my latest blog: https://t.co/v736hxsX86 pic.twitter.com/2sP84E1Br5
— Waseem Zaffar MBE (@WaseemZaffar) April 30, 2020
Coming to the main question, air pollution will definitely rise when the Coronavirus lockdown is over. However, the point is whether the rise will remain stuck to a certain extent. Even though industries will start at full speed, we need to remember the harmful effects of air pollution keeping the Coronavirus pandemic as an example. The following are the advantages according to the research available online, that will take place if the net emission rate comes down to zero every year:
- A reduction in acute respiratory diseases of almost 8 million adults worldwide.
- The downfall in asthma cases of almost 2 million children.
- A monthly reduction in cardiovascular problems by almost 5000 individuals.
The UCLA researchers expect global leaders to make changes to existing policies keeping in mind the effect that air pollution can bring us. Local policymakers need to visualize how such big actions will help in bringing stability to climate change.
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.