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

by Marley Coyne

India, Kashmir, Aerial View Of The Himalayas.
India, Kashmir, Aerial View Of The Himalayas. (Photo by Education Images/Universal Images Group via … [+] UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Topline: 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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Posted on April 9, 2020 by Editor

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