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Coronavirus reduced air pollution as the virus spreads

The Epic Centre of Novel Coronavirus Wuhan – China

The outbreak of novel Coronavirus began in Wuhan, China last year in 2019. The Health officials in China imposed unprecedented quarantines and locked down on millions of people that include 11 million Wuhan residents in the epic centre of China.

The virus has been gripping the world population globally. The Coronavirus has infected more than 585,000 people, and the death toll has surpassed 26,827 worldwide – as on 27th March.

An expert said the sudden shift represented the “largest-scale experiment ever” in terms of the reduction of industrial emissions.

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The coronavirus pandemic shuts down industrial activity and as it seems it is temporarily slashing the air pollution levels especially in China as the satellite imagery from the European Space Agency shows. 

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About 3,000 stations monitoring Air Pollution across Europe observed change in Nitrogen levels on earth.

  • The outbreak of novel coronavirus left the world at a standstill as the spread of virus quarantines and other measures are implemented to contain the spread of the Coronavirus disease.
  • The Satellite images released from NASA reveals a marked fall in global nitrogen dioxide levels on earth.
  • The EEA – European Environmental Agency data measured hourly, on the different locations of EUROPE. 
  • CAMSCopernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service provides similar data recorded by the Station in the member countries on EIONET.
  • The data collected by the Stations in Europe is called ‘The European Air Quality Index”
  • Poor air quality causes four hundred premature deaths in Europe every year
  • Views of a Finland environment specialist Lauri Myllyvirta on Nitrogen in China
  • The resulting reduction in traffic and production led to a subsequent decrease in emissions and air pollution in the country. But that most likely won’t be the case for long.

European Environmental Agency and its Background

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There are more than four thousand locations on European grounds through which the EEA measures the Air quality across Europe. Those local Air Pollution Measuring Stations managed by the EEA’s member countries in the EIONET – European Environment Information Observation Network. These Stations record hourly data on key air pollutant concentrations. The data recorded by the Stations sent to EEA then the data is shared & published by the Agency.

The UK government’s science advisory committee on air quality said: “a reduction in air pollution could bring some health benefits, though they were unlikely to offset the loss of life from the disease.”

The data collected by the Stations in Europe is called ‘The European Air Quality Index”

The Stations recorded the Data which is called the European Air Quality Index uses the monitoring data to allow users to understand more about air quality where they live, work or travel. Displaying up-to-date information for Europe, users can gain insights into the air quality in individual countries, regions and cities. The CAMS – Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service provides similar information and this data can be found on their website.

Poor air quality causes four hundred premature deaths in Europe every year

Although emissions of air pollutants have decreased substantially in Europe over recent decades, poor air quality continues to harm human health and the environment. Poor air quality causes four hundred premature deaths in Europe every year. It is surprising for the rest of the world that the poor air quality t is the single largest environmental health risk in Europe and a large proportion of Europe’s population lives in areas where air pollution is a risk to their European’s health.

“The European Environmental Agency data measured hourly, on the different locations of EUROPE. “

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Views of a Finland environment specialist Myllyvirta on the environmental reduction of Nitrogen 

‘Coal burning in power plants and factories & oil-burning in transport and industry are the key sources of Nitrogen Dioxide emissions in China. Reduction in the main sources of NO2 is resulting in a subsequent decrease in emissions and air pollution in Coronavirus growing provinces.’ 

Myllyvirta also added that “that most likely won’t be the case for long.”

An important note on this temporary change in Air Pollution – by Lauri Myllyvirta

The lead analyst at Centre for Research on Energy from University of Helsinki Lauri Myllyvirta said “All of these sectors have been dramatically affected by the measures to contain the virus. Most factories have been closed or running at low capacity, either because of restrictions on the operation or because employees haven’t been able to return from holidays, or because of lack of demand.”

Lauri Myllyvirta also added, “While the impact could continue for weeks or months, the low emissions might not last, as companies could ramp up production to compensate for previous losses. It would be the second half of the year when the impacts would start to be felt by next winter. 


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