CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:A FAVOUR TO PLANET EARTH?
Updated: May 26
The coronavirus pandemic changed the entire way of life of human beings.
Also, it prompted some extraordinary and noticeable change to our Environment.
The air is cleaner, the seas are increasingly blue. Be that as it may, it additionally made some indirect negative effects on the resources as well. Could these changes last longer and help to stop global warming?
Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus changed the entire way of billions of people, around the Globe. The disease COVID-19 led to some unexpected consequences, including a sudden drop in carbon emissions. Pollution in New York has reduced by nearly 50% compared with this time last year, in view of measures to contain the virus.
The extent of days with “good quality air” was up 11.4% compared with the same time last year in 337 urban areas across China, as indicated by its Ministry of Ecology and Environment. Satellite pictures show nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) emissions discharging away over northern Italy, Spain, and the UK. The emissions from the transport area (23% of global carbon emission) have fallen in the present moments in nations with strict policies. Driving and aviation are key contributors to emissions from transport, contributing 72% and 11% of the transport sector’s greenhouse gas emissions respectively. The reduced use of private and public transportation, as well as commercial activities, lead to a reduction in noise.
The absence of tourists, because of the social distancing measures due to the new coronavirus pandemic, has caused a remarkable change in the presence of many beaches on the planet. For instance, beaches like those of Acapulco (Mexico), Barcelona (Spain), or Salinas (Ecuador) presently look cleaner and with completely clear waters.
Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are still at record highs.
"I don't think we can say that there is any long-term significance in this decrease. However, in the short term I think these decreases are useful.” Oksana Tarasova, Head of Atmospheric Environment Research Division at the World Meteorological Organization, says carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are still at record highs.
The concentration in atmospheric CO₂ is cumulative since pre-industrial times which really structure the present level, it's not annual emissions in particular; it's the entire collection of CO₂ in the air. "So, the reduced emissions within one particular year of this scale are very unlikely to have an impact on global levels of carbon dioxide," she explained.
Be that as it may, the pandemic also caused a roundabout negative effects on the environment. In the USA, some cities have suspended recycling programs because authorities have been worried about the danger of spreading the virus in the recycling center. Then again, in the European nations particularly sustainable waste management has been restricted. For example, Italy has prohibited infected residents from sorting their waste leads to an increase in organic and non-organic waste generated by households. The European Union has come under pressure to hold crucial climate initiatives, with Poland put a carbon trading program on hold and the Czech Republic urging that the EU’s landmark climate bill be deserted, while airline companies are asking regulators to delay emissions-cutting policies. These actions could do lasting harm if used to advance the broader anti-environmental agendas.
Covid-19 has revealed the change that societies can make when they take care of each other and this experience could be invaluable in dealing with climate change.
A global pandemic that is taking people’s lives unquestionably shouldn’t be viewed as a means of bringing about climate change either. It’s far from certain how lasting this dip in emissions will be. When the pandemic inevitably dies, will carbon emissions “recoil back” so much that it will be as if this clear-skied interval never occurred? Is this only a transient change, or could it lead to longer-lasting falls in emissions?