Earth Day 2020: How Coronavirus lockdown improved the environment

Updated: Apr 22, 2020, 10:01 | Sherlin Rajan
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    The Earth Day commemorates a protest that saw millions of people taking to the streets against the negative impacts of 150 years of development and to show their love towards the environment. It was 50 years ago when US senator Gaylord Nelson decided that it was important that the environment makes some space onto national news and on the minds of the people. (Representational picture) 

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    And it took a lockdown due to the Coronavirus for the earth to heal itself. The lockdown in India has resulted in a significant improvement in air quality in the country, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said earlier this month. Travel restrictions and closure of industries helped reduce the pollution level in different parts of the country. (Picture/Nimesh Dave)

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    Videos of dolphins, apparently swimming near Mumbai sea shore, went viral on social media, with some attributing the phenomenon to lack of fishing activity recently owing to the coronavirus situation. (Picture/Darshan Khatau-wildlife enthusiast)

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    Peacocks have been sighted in the lanes of South Mumbai amid the Coronavirus lockdown (Picture/PTI)

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    The Dhauladhar Range in Himachal Pradesh were visible from Jalandhar in Punjab due to the improved air quality  resulted from the lockdown earlier this month.

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    In a rare sight, pictures of a pack of lions  sleeping in the pathways of the Kruger National Park in South Africa after the park shut due to the lockdown imposed in the country.

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About The Gallery

The world celebrates the 50th Earth Day on April 22 this year with the theme 'Climate Action'. But in the midst of the lockdown imposed due the Coronavirus outbreak that has confined people to their homes, it seems that the earth is healing itself. Here's a look in pictures