the Air in Northern India, especially in its capital new Delhi have never been this clean in decades. According to NASA, the level of air pollution in the region at this time of year, the lowest in 20 years of observations. The reason for such a radical change in the atmosphere – a national quarantine.
“We knew that we will see changes in the composition of the atmosphere in many places on the planet during the quarantine. But I’ve never seen such low levels at this time of the year on the plain of the Ganges,” said Pawan Gupta, a scientist from NASA.
the Characteristic changes are visible on satellite images NASA: data from the same weeks (from 31 March to 5 April) are compared over the years. The current level of pollution is the lowest in 20 years.
the Decline is associated with the radical measures of the Indian government: on 24 March, Prime Minister Narendra modi declared that all of the 1.35 billion citizens of India must abide by the quarantine. Modi urged not to leave their homes, state of the nation address, he stated that social distancing is the only way to stop the spread of the virus.
For violation of the established curfew, strict punishment of up to two years in prison. The result is always lively the streets are deserted, planes are grounded, industrial production declined.
the Restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, has led to an unprecedented reduction in the level of air pollution. The air is usually heavily contaminated with fine dust and dangerous to the lungs and heart became much clearer.