Most of us are subjected to the critical results of the Coronavirus outbreak that is sweeping across the entire world. The number of countries which are moving to regional quarantine and total lockdowns are increasing day by day. And also the infected and the death toll reach high numbers every day. Therefore, it has become tough for us to be positive about the destiny of the whole human community. However, amidst all these unfortunate incidents related to the coronavirus pandemic, scientists reveal a report on the positive development of the world which we didn’t expect at all.
The European Space Agency (ESA), along with some independent researchers found that the emission of Nitrogen dioxide has gradually decreased in the atmosphere above Italy, soon after the quarantine lockdown compelled due to the vast spread of the new coronavirus.
The Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite was able to notice the drop of NO2 in the sky. Thus, it indicates the reduction in air pollution, along with a more significant change pointed in the northern region of the country, the region which is severely affected by the pandemic.
“The decline in nitrogen dioxide emissions over the Po Valley in northern Italy is particularly evident,” mission manager of the ESA’s Copernicus Sentinel-5P, Claus Zehner said. “Although there could be slight variations in the data due to cloud cover and changing weather, we are very confident that the reduction in emissions that we can see, coincides with the lockdown in Italy causing less traffic and industrial activities.”
Researchers and Scientists report a drastic reduction in levels of NO2 in the atmosphere above Italy.
“Copernicus Sentinel-5P Tropomi has the biggest accuracy to assess air and is the most accurate instrument today that measures air pollution from space. These measurements, globally available thanks to the free and open data policy, provide important information for people and governments,” stated Josef Aschbacher, the Director of Earth Observation Programmes in ESA.
With low levels of NO2 on the 24th of February.
A research associate at NASA called Santiago Gassó reported the results of the satellite sensor through his twitter account. Gassó says that the changes in the NO2 levels are almost reasonable when considering the reduction of factors which affect air pollution.
Another noticeable reduction in March.
The map depicts the levels of NO2 pollution on Saturday, the 8th February.
And also this showcases the levels of pollution on Saturday, the 7th March.
Data released by the European Space Agency (ESA) that depicts the same tendency.
Watch the time-lapse released by the ESA.
Italians too have recognized the special changes in the environment.
The extremely polluted canals in Venice have become crystal clear as the final result of the corona quarantine.