Sunday, April 12, 2020

Photos: Polluted cities see clean air and water amid coronavirus shutdown

Metropolises in India, China and the United States see better air quality and clearer water.

A deserted view of India Gate, as India remains under lockdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 09, 2020 in New Delhi, India. The air and water quality in the city has improved because of lockdown in India. (Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)

By Gieson Cacho

With many cities shutdown, one of the positive side effects of the shelter-in-place orders around the world has been the reports of cleaner air and water.

In Los Angeles, the air quality, which is usually some of the worst in the nation, has turned into one of the cleanest compared to other major cities, according to IQAir. Even more impressive is the fact that the city has enjoyed its longest stretch of “good” air quality since 1995.

Elsewhere in New Delhi, India, residents saw blue skies, which has become a rarity. According to an NPR report, the lockdown has led to less air pollution and cleaner water. That has resulted in an Air Quality Index at 45 during late March. Around the same time last year, the index was at 160.

Other cities that have seen cleaner include Beijing, Paris, and Phoenix.  Read more >>