Interactive Map Shows COVID-19 has Reduced Air Pollution Globally.

Earther has created an interactive map. The map operates on the Google Earth Engine and leverages data collected by space agencies such as ESA. Interactive Map Shows COVID-19 has Reduced Air Pollution Globally. Here's How:

Interactive Map Shows COVID-19 has Reduced Air Pollution Globally.
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Interactive Map Shows COVID-19 has Reduced Air Pollution Globally.

In the wake of a pandemic that has forced all of society indoors, there is not much outdoors except happy animals and surprisingly, very clean air. 

The pandemic has brought the world to a sudden halt, and all industries and economic activities have been reconsidered at a very large scale. The epicentre of the outbreak, China, has witnessed a considerable decrease in air pollution, thanks to government-mandated quarantines and lockdowns. Italy, another hotspot for the disease has also seen a decline in the levels of air pollution following regulations enforced by the government to restrict the movement of people and limit the operations of factories and offices. 

The restriction on public gathering globally has impacted the levels of air pollution in almost all countries. To track this impact and monitor the changes in air pollution, Earther has created an interactive map. The map operates on the Google Earth Engine and leverages data collected by space agencies such as ESA. 

Interactive Map Shows COVID-19 has Reduced Air Pollution Globally. Here’s How.

One of the main reasons for this decline in pollution levels is the reduced usage of fossil fuels across a spectrum of activities that traditionally rely on a lot of petroleum, coal, etc. The Nitrogen Dioxide imagery from the satellite Sentinel-5P clearly shows the unprecedented impact of Coronavirus on society. 

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The trends in many regions vary due to rain, wind, sun, and other meteorological factors that might skew the figures sometimes. The data available is invaluable and provides researchers with the means to understand the scale of human pollution and its sources by being able to analyze how much economical and non-economic factors contribute to pollution. 

Some of the States in the USA that have seen a sharp decline in their pollution levels are California, Midwest America, East Cost Metropolitans like New York, and the Southern States like Texas. 

As the world comes to a pause, the demand for fossil fuels has plummeted sharply. Whether this is good or not, only time will tell.