CORONAVIRUS CRISIS POSITIVELY IMPACTS SPAIN AS POLLUTION LEVELS DROP DRAMATICALLY

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Despite all odds, coronavirus has historically led to a drop in pollution levels across Spain. 

The decrease in traffic has successfully led to a significant drop in Nitrogen dioxide, NO2. 

NO2 constitutes a hazardous pollutant that likewise contributes to the formation of PM2.5 and ozone (O3), two of the most dangerous kinds of air pollution.

It is the principal component for ozone formation (formed by the action of sunlight on NO2 plus other particles like unburnt fuel in the exhaust.  

Greenpeace recent records hold that the quantity of NO2 in Spain is less than 40% of the authorized volume set by the WHO and the European Union.

Since the check came into force in 2010, this marks the first time when the country’s capital city, Madrid, has not broken the acceptable level of nitrogen dioxide. 

The environmental organization data has seen a decline by 60% of the traffic along Madrid and Barcelona streets as a coronavirus consequence, probably leading to the drop in NO2 levels. 

It is worth noting that an approximated 4.5million people die annually from coal, oil and gas pollutions. As a result, Spain is often charged with €21,751 million, 1.68% of its GDP. 

 “The current extraordinary situation can serve as learning to reduce the thousands of deaths that poor air quality causes each year.” says the head of the Greenpeace mobility campaign, Adrian Fernandez.

Adrian equally stated that within moments, pollution was lessened dramatically owing to the reduction in traffic and the resulting drop in temperature.

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