POLLUTION INCREASED IN SOME PARTS OF INDIA DURING PANDEMIC LOCKDOWN

Parts of central-western and northern India recorded an increase in pollution even as the reduction in economic activities during the pandemic-induced lockdown in 2020 led to its decrease in most parts of the country, a report by scientists at Nainital’s Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) has found.

The report is based on satellite observations for 2018, 2019, and 2020. It found the influence of the significant decline in activities on the changes in the distribution of ozone, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) during the lockdown. The study, which was published in the Environmental Science and Pollution Research, found ozone, carbon monoxide, and NO2 showed an increase of about 15% over the central-western part of India. Carbon monoxide showed a consistent increase as high as 31% of concentration at higher altitudes during the lockdown.

In a statement on Monday, the Union science and technology ministry said scientists found regions in the country’s central-western part and north India are prone to higher air pollution exposure and hence are exposed to greater risk of respiratory problems.

 News Source : Hindustan Times

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