Levels of health-harming air pollutants in China have exceeded concentrations at the same time last year in the past 30 days, for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. This includes PM2.5, NO2, SO2 and ozone. Air pollutant levels plummeted during the national lockdown in February, bottomed out in early March and […]
The measures to combat the coronavirus have led to an approximately 40% reduction in average level of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution and 10% reduction in average level of particulate matter pollution over the past 30 days, resulting in 11,000 avoided deaths from air pollution (95% confidence interval: 7,000 – 21,000). This effect comes as power […]
The nationwide one-day curfew in India last Sunday (Mar 22) resulted in the lowest average level of nitrogen dioxide pollution ever recorded in the spring season, in urban areas with monitoring. Other dangerous pollutants, PM2.5 and PM10, also dropped steeply but didn’t break records.
Lauri Myllyvirta This is the English version of an article published on 能源杂志 （“Energy Magazine”） on March 19, 2020. Since the start of the “war on air pollution”, China’s progress on reducing PM2.5 air pollution has been the fastest in the world. With one year to go, the target of 18% reduction in PM2.5 levels […]
With streets empty of cars and most people yet to return to work after coronavirus quarantines and lockdowns, the one problem Beijing shouldn’t have faced in the past weeks is smog, or that’s how it seems to people living in the city. Indeed, on the national level, China’s had the lowest air pollution levels on […]