India's coronavirus lockdown is having a dramatic impact on pollution
When India imposed a nationwide lockdown a week ago, it was designed to stop the imminent spread of the novel coronavirus. But grinding this country of 1.3 billion people to a near halt has also provided a temporary remedy to suffocating pollution levels.
But this data is no reason to celebrate, Dahia said."This is a really grave situation which the entire world is grappling with," Dahia said."Pollution is going down, but we cannot let the suffering of so many human beings be the way to clean the air," Dahia said."We can only use the outbreak of coronavirus as a learning lesson for us."
POLLUTION PROTESTIt's a lesson that is badly needed in India, activists say.In November 2019, hundreds of Indians took to the streets in New Delhi to protest the levels of air pollution, after the city was blanketed in a dark yellow haze for several days.
Air pollution hit record high levels, forcing schools to close and flights to be diverted. Other cities in northern India also suffered.Four months later, the skies are now clearing up. But the impact of living in such badly polluted conditions has left a hidden problem for residents: a potential vulnerability to the coronavirus pandemic -- a severe respiratory disease.
India has one of the highest rates of respiratory disease in the world, and the world's highest number of tuberculosis cases. Such widespread lung damage could potentially increase the risks associated with the coronavirus."(There are) very high levels of respiratory disease, even among young children, they have asthma, the nebulizer has become a normal thing to have in the house for families who can afford them," said Lavakare from
Care for Air.According to the WHO, older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions, including asthma, appear to be a higher risk of becoming severely ill with the virus.INVESTING IN A CLEANER FUTUREGlobally, deaths related to exposure to air pollution are of pandemic proportions, with 7 million deaths every year, the
World Health Organization (WHO) said.Care for Air said this should be a wake-up call for India to address the problem."Obviously, this is not the most ideal way to bring down air pollution, but it does prove that air pollution is manmade," Lavakare said. "It gives a lot of encouragement and hope that we can bring pollution down."
The coronavirus crisis also presents India with an opportunity to invest in a clean energy future, said Dahia from CREA."India (is) a highly fossil-fueled country," said Dahia. "In order to tackle pollution, we need to tackle that."
"When we come out of the outbreak, it will be interesting to see if we invest money in the cleaner future," he added. "(Do) we ramp up the old fossil fuel based intensive industries, or we go towards more sustainable options."Lavakare said that at the minimum, the government should commit to keeping existing policy pledges.
"Governments cannot use this disruption as an excuse to go back against the gains that have been made," she said. "Right now, we have a priority, we need to stop this big crisis."But when things are under better control ... we need to move towards renewable energy faster. It would be really sad (if) we make the same mistake again, using coal and non-renewable energy."Read more: CTV News »
I thought not using straws was all it took to save the planet? And Canada is still thinking 🤔 if they should do it or not. Shame No shit Sherlock. This just shows we can do better Wait till today's carbon tax increase kicks in... then you'll see an even greater difference here in Canada! This virus just happens to tick all the boxes on the social justice wish list. How convenient.
Earth was crying and no one was listening. Are we able to change the damage that was caused by us ? The power that leaders have to destroy , it’s time to be used to unity and to help the world to become a better place to live . Don’t give any ideal to the climate alarmists . They have enough crazy ideals already
Coronavirus has done more for the environment in two weeks than Trudeau's carbon tax will do in my lifetime. 1.5 Billion people half them don’t have meal for days Making it less of a shithole than it already is Good maybe that will prove it’s not all on Canada’s shoulders to be taxed to death when all these filthy careless countries don’t give a fuck!!
CNN of the North. CDNS as of today have carbon tax doubled, and our MPs are accepting a pay raise. Temporary virus mitigation to air pollution in all countries, but only in a Socialist Dictatorship citizens are treated with disregard. Immigration quota, asylum seekers incoming. So you just figured out industry creates pollution? Good for you!
Any word on their problems with tuberculosis and malaria?
The latest global coronavirus news: India links virus cases to religious gatheringAlso: United States poised to surpass China’s toll of 3,300 deaths; more than 5,000 coronavirus cases confirmed in Africa Isn't everyday a religious gathering. Why religion is over lives for these islamic groups only Gathering of people is main cause of spread of this virus..
India manhunt after religious gathering becomes virus hotspotA large religious gathering in New Delhi has sparked a manhunt across India for suspected coronavirus cases after being linked to dozens of infections and several deaths. I guess violent acts from police don’t help isolating people. The reality of Islam, a man made religion. There is no god called Allah. Sorry for the bad news Muslims, do your research on the history of your religion. Be strong and wise to realize the truth, set yourself free from the superstition. Idiots
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