Coronavirus for good! The extraordinary impact of quarantine on nature ...By Vika https://pictolic.com/en/article/coronavirus-for-good-the-extraordinary-impact-of-quarantine-on-nature-
Now the coronavirus pandemic is being compared by many to a world war. In just a few months, global quarantine managed to shake up the economy and healthcare systems of many countries, but at the same time significantly affected the environmental situation in the world. “The planet is being cleansed!” shout scientists and environmentalists from all sources. How exactly does this process take place and how does it manifest itself? We will talk about the positive impact of quarantine on nature in today's collection of facts ...
1. Air in China
Today, China is one of the largest sources of air and water pollution on the planet, but in just a couple of months, this problem began to show positive dynamics. NASA scientists shared images from satellites, which clearly show how, after the shutdown of factories and production, the air over China was cleared. If earlier this country was responsible for 30% of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, then in these few months China has NOT reproduced 200 million tons of carbon dioxide. And this is a very significant indicator!
2. Air in Italy
In Italy, during the quarantine, air pollution also dropped sharply. Satellite images show how nitrogen dioxide emissions have decreased over Italy between January 1 and March 11, 2020. But the main good news that quarantine gave us is not even that!
3. Canals in Venice
Tourists have disappeared in Venice due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the movement of motor boats has stopped. As a result, the channels became remarkably clear. With sincere delight and surprise, local residents share pictures on social networks that clearly show clear water, as well as ducks in fountains and live boars in the city!
5. Return of the Dolphins
Venice really showed the world one of the most striking examples of nature's healing. So, in addition to all of the above, swans and even dolphins returned to the banks of the canals in Venice, which they had not seen there for a very long time! Of course, so far these are only isolated cases, but even they are impressive.
6. Penguins in Chicago walk in quarantine
But in Chicago, for example, the Shedd Aquarium was closed for general visits. In connection with this staff, it was decided to release the penguins for free walks around the hall and now they walk and look at fish that they would not meet in nature.
7. The situation in India
Now let's talk about India. For a long time, this beautiful country was among the top five countries with the most polluted air on the planet, but the quarantine did not leave it unchanged. While production is “resting”, and the endless flow of tourists and heavy traffic of cars are suspended, the air becomes cleaner, and the sky turns into light blue tones, which is equal to a miracle for the locals!
8. You can see the Himalayas
View of the Himalayas from the city of Jalandhar opened for the first time in 30 years! Pictures of snow-capped mountains can be seen even from cities that are 200 km away. from them. Most residents do not remember such a view in their entire lives.
9. Air in the capital of India
Clear skies and fresh air looked into the capital of India - New Delhi. For comparison, look at the image of the gates of India, captured in November 2019 and now.
10. It is not known how long quarantine will last in certain countries, but we hope that nature will still have time to cleanse itself a little. What is happening now in the world is a good visual aid for every inhabitant of the planet, and especially for the authorities, who have the power to put the environmental situation under control and maintain the proper state of not only healthcare systems but also the environment.