10 Positive Change in Environment due to Coronavirus Lockdown

10 Positive Change in Environment due to Coronavirus Lockdown

The world is suffering from coronavirus pandemic and almost every country has imposed lockdown to there people.

The governments of all over the world are taking whatever precautions they can take to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

All trains and flights are cancelled, all schools, colleges, and offices are closed and shops, malls, business places, and industries were closed down and not allowed to function. Life, as we know it, has changed within months.

But however, if we look closely, the pandemic also has resulted in several good impacts on the environment and the climate.

Before the start of the pandemic, the air around the cities was very toxic to breathe in but now it is improved.

The Earth was facing a rise in temperature due to global warming, this also led to the melting of glaciers and rising of sea levels but now everything is alright, the ozone hole in the Arctic is closed.

Due to the depletion of resources such as air, water, and soil, the Earth was suffering from environmental degradation very fastly, but now none of this is happening.

Also after the coronavirus lockdown, a 25 per cent reduction in carbon emissions and a 50 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxides emissions was measured in China, and the one Earth systems scientist estimated that at least 77,000 lives were saved over two months.

These are the 10 Positive Change in the Environment due to Coronavirus Lockdown:


Air quality

10 Positive Change in Environment due to Coronavirus Lockdown

After the coronavirus lockdown was put in place in many countries, the travel and industry were impacted and the planet as a whole experienced a drop in air pollution and nitrous oxide emission also decreased.

The concentration of NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide) and CO (Carbon Oxides) has also shown considerable decline during the lockdown.

The industrial location has observed a drastic improvement (close to 60%) in air quality. All metropolitan cities and towns have experienced an improvement in air quality.

There has been a significant dip in the Air Quality Index (AQI) across the World. The recovery of the ozone hole is taking place due to the large reduction in aeroplane emissions.

The air quality has improved in Bangkok, mainly due to the fall in road traffic in the lockdown. The sky is now clearly visible in most of the Megacities due to less pollution.

Water quality

10 Positive Change in Environment due to Coronavirus Lockdown

Since there were no ships and boats for fishing or vacations plying on the rivers and waterways, the water has cleared up.

In areas like Venice, water in the canals are cleared and there was experienced better water flow. Even the oceans are recovering and marine life is thriving.

And the water became so clear that the fish could be seen and there was better water flow. No doubt, because of the lesser human footfall even the oceans are recovering and marine life is thriving.

The water quality of the river Yamuna in India has shown a positive effect on the quality of water due to the stoppage of industrial wastes and pollutants.

Swans Return to Venice

10 Positive Change in Environment due to Coronavirus Lockdown

The Swans can be seen again in the Venice Canals after the coronavirus lockdown was imposed by the government. And now, the water is so clear that fish can be seen by naked eyes.

Effect on Wildlife

10 Positive Change in Environment due to Coronavirus Lockdown

Demand for fish and fish prices have both decreased due to the pandemic, and fishing fleets around the world sit mostly idle.

Some animals have been spotted in cities, as all people are locked at home and have travel restrictions due to coronavirus.

Sea turtles were spotted laying eggs on the beaches of Bengal, India (where they once avoided), but due to the lowered levels of human interference and light pollution, they are feeling free to lay eggs.

In the United States, animals such as deer, elk, moose, bears, mountain lions were seen roaming on roads. After less interference by humans, animals are feeling safe to roam around.

Animals Roaming Freely on Road

10 Positive Change in Environment due to Coronavirus Lockdown

When human is locked in their homes, Animals are roaming outsides, after the implementation of lockdown animals have been spotted moving on roads at many places around the world.

Even the sea turtles have been spotted returning to areas they once avoided to lay their eggs, this is all due to the lack of human interference.

Pollution-Free Taj Mahal

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After Lockdown


Swipe  ⬅️ to see Taj Mahal after lockdown

With the reduction of air pollution in Agra due to the lockdown, One of the seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal looks much vibrant in clean air.

India’s white-marble Taj Mahal was turned yellow and green due to pollution, but after the coronavirus lockdown the level of pollution has decreased and the Taj Mahal is regaining its original wight colour.

The Himalayan Range visible After 30 Years

10 Positive Change in Environment due to Coronavirus Lockdown

The Himalayan ranges are now visible from India for the first time in 30 years because of coronavirus lockdown.

The Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal is 200 kilometres from Punjab, and now for the first time in almost 30 years, it is visible from Jalandhar (Punjab). One of the reasons for this is the decreasing level of air pollution in the country because of the lockdowns imposed due to coronavirus.

A citizen of Jalandhar, Punjab tweeted Himalaya mountains can be seen from Jalandhar since the pollution level in the country is decreased.


Carbon emission

10 Positive Change in Environment due to Coronavirus Lockdown

Since the lockdown, Carbon dioxide emissions have fallen dramatically in the environment. According to the study of global carbon output, daily emissions of the greenhouse gas plunged 17% by early April compared with 2019 levels.

The conclusions show that the world has experienced the sharpest drop in carbon output in history.

In some countries, Carbon emission fell by just over a quarter (26%) on average, like in the UK, the decline was about 31%, while in Australia emissions fell 28.3% for a period during the lockdown.

Drinking-Water from Ganga

10 Positive Change in Environment due to Coronavirus Lockdown

The Ganges is one of the major rivers of the Indian subcontinent and the river rises from the western Himalayas in the Uttarakhand state of India and drains into the Sunderbans delta in the Bay of Bengal (situated in the eastern part of India).

With the lockdown and reduction of water pollution, Ganga water in Haridwar and many states of India become 'fit to drink'.

The lockdown imposed to control the coronavirus has done wonders for the purity of water in River Ganga. According to the scientist, now the holy river's water is clean enough to drink.

Reduction of Air Pollution in Megacities

10 Positive Change in Environment due to Coronavirus Lockdown

Coronavirus is, of course, a dangerous pandemic, the world is afraid about it, but in some aspect, the lockdown for coronavirus has impacted the world, especially the Megacities.

The main problem of air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution all are resolved because of lockdown, clear skylines can be seen in almost every megacity in the world.

The traffic and industrial activities are reduced, this is the main reason for improved air quality in large cities.

10 Positive Change in Environment due to Coronavirus Lockdown