THE EARTH HEALS
The concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere at 2016 was observed to be at its worst ever, for the first time, in several million years – 400 parts per million (ppm). The earth experienced this spike in the concentration from below 300ppm to over 400ppm in just a few years’ interval. If you are wondering what the consequences of this rise entails and why the inhabitants of the earth should be bothered, you may want to consider the greenhouse effect which has predicated a number of horrendous incidents such as:
To briefly examine these consequences, the increase in drought means crop failure and famine especially in areas with high temperature. This, in turn, will lead to flooding in some other areas, as the water vapors collected from the drought areas are released to them by the atmosphere as excess rain.
What’s more, extreme weather conditions result in natural disasters like tsunamis, earthquakes and tornadoes which are now experienced in many parts of the earth. So, what does this tell us? It conveys the heavy message that we are at risk.
What can we do though? Well, climate researchers are wondering too, they are seeking for the best way to curb this menace, this sickness we have inflicting on earth by our activities.
Satellite image shows dramatic drop in pollution since the COVID-19 lockdown
Fortunately, a surprise emerged! In March 2020, the earth had a gleam at a ray of hope, as a researcher from Colorado, Boulder, found that the earth may just be self-healing. Researchers have observed a huge reduction in damaging chemicals in the atmosphere which has reversed some troubling changes in air currents around the Southern Hemisphere. So wait, aren’t you wondering what we may have done differently? According to research, the credits goes partly to a ban on ozone depleting substances (ODS) in the 1980s.
Besides this evidence, satellites orbiting the earth have documented an observable drop in air pollution. And with the world in a lockdown, many are wondering if it could be that the credit solely goes to nature. Is nature simply getting a much-needed opportunity to recover? Is the earth self-healing as we remain safely locked in our homes?
Around the world, people have reported a significant change in the environmental conditions of their areas. They said, “nature is healing, we are the virus” Are we really the virus? The last we checked, Covid-19 is the virus. How true is this statement? That aside.
Let’s take a look at some of the positive things that prove that the earth is healing:
Lower Levels of Air Pollution – An exciting change is observed in India, since the lock down order to stall the spread of the Corona Virus. The air quality in Delhi was reported to have dropped from 1000 to Air Quality Index of 129 and it is still expected to improve further. This is equally the case in China and Europe. Have a look.
Image showing reduction in air pollution in Delhi. Photo Credits Getty Images
Water Bodies are Healing – An interesting development shows that, Venice’s canals in Italy are showing signs of recovery from overuse as the usually murky waters has become much clearer, to the extent that the fish living inside are now visible to the naked eye.
Animals are Seen on the Streets – People have witnessed a sight of wildlife like deer roaming freely in the streets of Japan. These are animals that mostly reside in jungles and forests. This may be as a result of the peace and calm in cities these days.
The research on the Ozone layer, referenced above, shows that there exists a likelihood that the Ozone layer will recover completely, depending of course, on how much we choose to protect it from the combustion of fossils and other gases that raises the percentage of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Friends, the earth wants to heal, let’s help heal our planet. HAPPY EARTH DAY!