Post Mortem

Coronavirus pandemic, a boon to environment

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/18/2020 12:14:06 PM IST

 Across the world, people are living through a period of extraordinary change. With job loss, business closed and familiar routines involving work schools and all being thrown out of the window, it’s a lot of change to get used to. But due to the shutting down of the human world, it led to the environmental benefits.

This pandemic has made less people leave their homes and are less likely to drive cars or fly in the planes, which results in lowering the amount of green house gas emissions in the atmosphere, especially since factories, companies which create a lot of pollution are now mostly closed, which has helped to keep our air cleaner. As an example, people in India who live upto 160 Km from the Himalayas can now see their homes for the first time in decades as smog is reduced. Similar cleaner air example exists in cities around the world, but another ‘Natural’ benefit to a reduction in human activity will be felt by wildlife.

With less human travel, less extraction in forested and other areas, less pollution and simply less human movement, animals are less stressed. With less disturbance comes less stress, both for birds and animals who have adapted to city life. 

Also with improved air quality, plants are expected to do better, especially in cities. Reduced traffic also means a reduction in the number of road deaths, not only of animals but also in this migration period of creatures

Like turtles, frogs, snakes, and others. In some places, species and ecosystem are bouncing back, although this is not true everywhere: The glimmers of hope will never make the incalculable human toll of a global pandemic worthwhile, nor its economic costs. Yet, hope remains a vital tool to motivate action to address climate change.

Temjenmongla Pongen, 

St. Joseph University, Dimapur


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