HOW LOCKDOWN HELPED NATURE TO HEAL!
Four months into the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic in India, mother Earth has surprised us in multiple ways.
Since the imposition of a total lockdown on March 22, humans have been compelled to stay inside their houses. This has meant a small window for the environment to breathe. It involves the unexpected plummeting of air pollution or people being the Himalayas being visible after decades.
Scientists, in fact, are suggesting that such interventions may be used as a possible emergency measure to combat severe air pollution episodes like those witnessed in Delhi-NCR region during the winter months.
Even though COVID-19 has affected our lives in many ways than one but as a blessing in disguise, the pandemic and restricted human movements played in favour of the flora and fauna to breathe some clean air.
With humans confined to the houses, animals seem to be getting their much-needed space. Few astonishing facts in lockdown were – a Nilgai was spotted roaming on the streets of Noida in March, few monkeys were filmed having a pool party in a posh society in Mumbai.
In another incident, visuals of a flock on flamingos migrating to Mumbai are flooding all over social media sites. A group of flamingos were seen at the wetland territory close to TS Chanakya, Nerul in Mumbai, India, on April 8, 2020.
Forest officials attributed the event to ‘less polluted water, air’ and also the ‘improvement in the quality of the algae’, which is the primary food for the flamingos.
While animals have been enjoying free time from human intervention, people from parts of northern India expressed their joy and excitement at having been able to spot the Himalayas from their homes.
Residents of Jalandhar, Punjab could view the snow-capped Himalayan range, visible to the naked eye in the first week of April, after a noticeable drop in the air pollution level due to restricted transportation and industrial activities. The visibility of the Dhauladhar mountain range in Himachal Pradesh was due to a dip in toxic emission levels that led to clearer skies across the world.
A few days after, residents of Saharanpur witnessed the beautiful sight of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Himalayas for the first time in 30 years.All of these have been possible due to a sharp drop in the air pollution level.
The Yamuna River that had left everyone in utter distress in 2019 with white, toxic foam appearing on its surface, appeared clear at people’s disbelief. It was a delight to see the sight of a clear Yamuna River after years blew the minds of netizens, as social media went abuzz with the “natural healing” of the river water.
Similarly, Ganga water in Haridwar and Varanasi has seen a significant improvement in water quality during the lockdown. According to a report, scientists after an observation have claimed that the water quality has seen a remarkable improvement and is even fit for drinking!
With most businesses shut down, transport halted and human movements restricted, environment has shown a drastic improvement which was not possible from years.
Recently, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) released a report on the effect of ‘Janata Curfew’ on the air quality in which it found that the reduction in the number of on-road vehicles, resulted in up to 51 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels and 32 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) levels during March 22-23, 2020 as compared to March 21.
Environmentalists, however, feel that carbon emissions may have reduced drastically but are likely to go back to the pre-corona levels in a few weeks’ time, once the virus threat mitigates.
Nobody was certain that there would be a day when they would see, in any event in this lifetime, nature recouping after a neglected because of extreme contamination including dumping of modern and residential waste, untrustworthy cleaving of trees, and each conceivable maltreatment. Be that as it may, the lockdown has reversed the situation. Not simply the horizon is turning out to be clearer as time passes, the streams are noticeably cleaner, and the once imperilled greenery is presently returning to life.
Our Lifelines — Rivers
The outside of waterway Ganga, which couldn’t be cleaned notwithstanding spending crores of rupees is presently cleaner than any time in recent memory as apparently none of the modern waste is being dumped in it. As indicated by a report in HT, Ganga might be cleaner today, than it was in 1986 — the year when endeavours to clean the waterway were first propelled. What’s more, a comparative case is with Yamuna. Because of a sweeping decrease in mechanical toxins, and expanded release of water from Haryana to Delhi, a cleaner Yamuna is obvious these says. Both the elements have expanded the self-cleansing limit of the stream.
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Clear skies, and clearer horizon
With completely constrained development of vehicles on the streets, the vast majority of the metro urban communities in India are taking in much cleaner air with generally more secure degrees of poisons to manage, when contrasted with the time before the lockdown. Metro urban communities have revealed ‘agreeable’ AQI, and the individuals who had been engaging brown haze in Delhi-NCR can vouch for it whenever!
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Plumes run together
The updates on pink flamingos return in gigantic numbers to Mumbai sea shore is unquestionably something to cheer about. The decrease in force of human exercises at and around the city is being touted as a significant explanation behind the chance of flamingos to run the city in such huge numbers. The Bombay Natural History Society has expressed that their number is 25% more than it was in the most recent year.
Individuals in Jalandhar can see Himalayas from their rooftop top, without precedent for decades! The lockdown has eliminated any confusion air contamination to the degree that individuals in Punjab could get a sight of Himalayas from a portion of its urban areas.
Contamination levels diminishing
Clear blue skies and void streets had gotten the rarest of uncommon destinations in Delhi, which is consistently jam-stuffed with individuals. With the lockdown set up and lesser number of individuals wandering out in their vehicles, the contamination levels of Delhi-NCR saw an exceptional fall as of late. The city which had an Air Quality Index (AQI) extending from 500-600 in winters, considered a To be as low as 50. This is an uplifting news for all the Delhi-NCR occupants as they can at long last inhale clean air following quite a while of managing contamination.
Ozone layer mending
The unexpected drop in contamination levels over the globe has prompted a beneficial outcome on the ozone layer. With less vehicles on streets and individuals being watchful about their exercises, the ozone layer has at long last made some inhale space.
With the COVID-19 pandemic set up most nations have exhorted its residents to remains inside. In numerous nations, a lockdown has been requested to forestall the transmission of the ailment. This has prompted a few occasions which were difficult to observer in our typical lives. From discovering creatures in the roads to breathing new clean air, individuals are tweeting about how the current lockdown is useful for our condition.
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