The year 2020 has seen the most unusual things happen everywhere in the world. It was the arrival of the first pandemic COVID-19 in the last 100 years that caused people to once again hide in their homes.
When social blockades and segregation were in place everywhere in the world, there were times more than 2 billion people – one-third of the world’s population without being able to go out. Surprisingly, that made the natural world develop again, wildlife flooded the cities, and the air became visibly fresh.
China is an example. The blockade last February helped them reduce air pollution by 25%. And when 96% of global destinations were forced to close, the airline industry froze. CNN says in April 2020, 96% of flights worldwide have been delayed.
In the US, the amount of individual cars on the road has decreased from 35-50% depending on the state. The short-term effects of a pandemic blockade have left us startling looking back at the human impact on the planet.
Bussiness Insider has collected the following BEFORE / AFTER blockade photos to prove it:
1. This is Milan, the Italian city that was once considered the most polluted place in Europe
But during the last year’s pandemic blockade, dust in Milan suddenly subsided and their skies were blue again. The city government said in the near future they will limit the traffic in Milan to preserve this fresh air.
2. This is the city of Venice, even the old waterways have created a layer of polluted dust.
But after the blockade last March, the photos of Venice canals are so clear you can see the bottom of them. The mayor of the city told CNN that this was due to “traffic flow on canals is lower, allowing sediments at the bottom not to be cloudy “.
3. According to The New York Times in 2019, India is a country with 14 out of 20 most polluted cities in the world.
But in April 2020, their capital, Delhi, became clear after decades of dust. This is a photo taken from the Yamuna River after 21 days of blockade by the city.
4. India Gate War Memorial taken in October 2019
The same shooting angle was on April 8, 2020, following a 21-day blockade in New Delhi.
5. Another corner of New Delhi, India, taken in 2018.
According to the Washington Post, air pollution in New Delhi has dropped by almost 60% within days of the blockade began.
6. New Delhi’s air is so polluted that it can be seen from space. This is a shot of an electric line in New Delhi, India, October 30, 2019.
The same angle was taken on April 13, 2020, when the PM2.5 concentrations in Delhi dropped by 71% following the blockade.
7. Presidential Palace in New Delhi March 24, 2020.
The fog disappeared after 1 week of blockade.
8. Air pollution alone kills 1.25 million people in India each year, according to the World Economic Forum.
The Washington Post cited a Harvard study that said “India’s long battle with pollution could make it particularly vulnerable to the new corona virus“.
9. Following the COVID-19 blockade in India, the Himalayas were visible to many regions for the first time in decades.
Visibility from Dhauladhar, North India.
Similarly, the snow-capped Pir Panjal Mountains were visible from a residential area in Jammu, India as early as May.
10. This is tJakarta air pollution in 2019.
According to the Jakarta Post, the Jakarta Environment Agency reported air quality in the city had improved after social restrictions were introduced in late March.
11. On some days, Jakarta ranks as the smogest city in the world
Previously, the sky in Jakarta was only blue when residents left the city for Eid al-Fitr’s holiday. The scene is similar to after the travel restriction because of COVID-19.
12. The sky Islamabad, Pakistan, is increasingly polluted due to an increase in the number of cars as well as steel mills.
Thanks to the reduced traffic volume due to the blockade, visibility has been improved in Islamabad.
13. This is Los Angeles, a city known for two things: dust and traffic.
After the blockade for COVID-19, this is the scene Los Angeles has not been there since 1995.
Refer to BI