The climatic conditions around the world are deteriorating steadily every year. This entire phenomenon first started in the year 2016. But then slowly due to fixing of the ozone layer things were going back to normal. The global temperature also started to decrease slowly. But then around the end of 2019, the global temperatures started to spike again. The main reason behind this entire ordeal is the 2019 Amazon rainforest wildfires followed by the Californian wildfires in 2020. As of now the only source of relief is the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown.
The Arctic Circle is already reporting record high temperatures this year. According to official reports, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) marks 2019 as the 2nd hottest year with 2020 in line to be the first.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also reports a 75% probability in temperature rise this year. 2020 has seen many wildfires across the world including the ones in California, Australia, and even in the Arctic. Hot and dry weather conditions make it easier to start wildfires. These wildfires have an easy spread due to the high availability of oxygen through strong dry winds.
NOAA says 75 percent chance 2020 becomes the hottest year on record for the planet. Strong likelihood warmth exceeds record-breaking levels of 2016 second half of this year. Details: https://t.co/7XfSjNIbXJ pic.twitter.com/kNx8x2H5B5
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) April 21, 2020
How can Lockdown procedures help improve climatic conditions?
The strict lockdown conditions enforced due to the Coronavirus pandemic may prove effective to treat the current climatic conditions. According to researchers, the amount of pollution levels in the atmosphere is very low at this moment. This helps clear the atmosphere. Also due to low levels of pollution, the breeze flowing is cool. Therefore there is no danger of any more wildfires.
This year was not supposed to be an El Nino year. Hopefully, correct measures in pollution control will help us achieve the same. The low level of harmful pollutants also helps repair the ozone layer above us. This will help in reflecting the harmful UV radiations present in the upper atmosphere. The Ozone layer will also help prevent acid rains.
Hopefully, we 2020 will not be a record hottest year. Do you think that the lockdown is a blessing in disguise? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
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.