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Pollution Recedes Amid Lockdown, And A View Of The Himalayas Emerges For The First Time In 30 Years

Residents in north India’s Punjab—where a nationwide coronavirus lockdown has curtailed daily activity—shared a rare look at the snow peaks of the Himalayas, a view that has for decades been obscured by the state’s heavy air pollution.

  • India, with 1.3 billion residents, is consistently rated as one of the worst polluted countries in the world, according to IQAir, but the coronavirus lockdown has eased the problem’s severity.
  • Accompanying a significant dip in automobile and flight traffic, at least 85 Indian cities had cleaner air, one study reported, following the first week of the March 25 lockdown.
  • In Jalandhar, Punjab, air quality received a “good” rating 16 out of 17 days post-lockdown—a feat not achieved even once during the same period last year.
  • “If the air cleans up like this, forget mountain ranges, we may even see god soon,” one Twitter user joked.
  • The Himalayan mountain range is the world’s highest and includes Mount Everest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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