Satellite Images Reveal A Drastic Drop In Pollution Due To The Coronavirus Quarantine

Today people are more then terrified, as the new virus is spreading faster than any other, also it has shocked the world and caused thousands of deaths worldwide. The number of active infected cases is constantly rising, which caused the need for quarantine.

It is very hard to remain positive when the future looks dark. However, scientists finally have shared some positive news -- even though it’s not what we’re prating for at the moment.

The European Space agency, a spacecraft that is tracking the pollution in the Earth’s atmosphere, as well as some other independent researchers, have revealed that the nitrogen dioxide levels have drastically decreased over Italy, after the lockdown has started because of the COVID-19 virus.

Italy has seen the biggest number of confirmed cases of the infection of any nation with the exception of China, and it was especially predominant in northern Italy. While trying to contain COVID-19, the Italian head administrator Giuseppe Conte requested northern Italy into lockdown on March 8. 

This choice influenced more than 16 million individuals, confined travel from, to or inside the influenced regions, and put a prohibition on social occasions. From that point forward, as the circumstance exasperated, the measures were reached out to all pieces of Italy. 

The Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite spotted diminished NO2 emanations, that implies that air contamination is decreased, with the best change saw in the northern piece of the nation. 

Claus Zehner, ESA’s Copernicus Sentinel-5P strategic, said: 

The decrease in nitrogen dioxide emanations over the Po Valley in northern Italy is especially apparent. Despite the fact that there could be slight varieties in the information because of overcast spread and evolving climate, we are exceptionally sure that the decrease in discharges that we can see, corresponds with the lockdown in Italy causing less rush hour gridlock and mechanical exercises.

Researchers and scientists guarantee that NO2 levels are significantly lower above Italy 

Josef Aschbacher, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programs clarified: 

Copernicus Sentinel-5P Tropomi is the most precise instrument today that estimates air contamination from space. These estimations, all inclusive accessible gratitude to the free and open information approach, give significant data to residents and leaders.

The graphs uncover lower NO2 pollution beginning from the 14th of February

Less NO2 traces on the 24th of February

Santiago Gassó, a research associate at NASA, concurred that ‘there is an away from of NO2 levels (a contamination marker) in northern Italy as per the satellite sensor’. 

He proceeded to clarify that while fluctuating NO2 discharges are totally ordinary in the event that we consider the way that different elements can influence them, and the watched change is huge.

NO2 traces were significantly lower in March

The map os showing NO2 pollution levels on the 8th of February, Saturday

Pollution levels on March 7th, Saturday

Data presented by the European Space Agency, reveals the same

Take a look at the Time-lapsed video from ESA below

Many citizens of Italy claim the change in the environment is evident

The reduced traffic made the Venice canals, crystal clear

Sources:
livescience.com
dailymail.co.uk
independent.co.uk

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