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Air pollution: Locked down by COVID-19 but not arrested

Average NO2 levels between March and April of this year were lower than the entirety of 2019. Image: REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Urvashi Narain

Lead Economist, World Bank’s Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy global practice

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Average NO2 concentrations based on satellite data between March 15-April 30, 2020 (with lock down) Image: World Bank Staff
Sentinel-5P Nitrogen Dioxide (tropospheric vertical column) data processed through Google Earth Engine. Image: World Bank Staff
Average NO2 concentrations based on satellite data between March 15-April 30, 2020 (with lock down) and March 15-April 30, 2019 (without lock down) Image: World Bank Staff
Daily 7-day rolling average NO2 concentrations based on ground-level monitors before, during, and after the lock down Image: World Bank Staff
Daily 7-day rolling average PM2.5 concentrations based on ground-level monitors before, during, and after the lock down Image: World Bank Staff
Daily 7-day rolling average PM2.5 concentrations based on ground-level monitors before, during, and after the lock down in Shanghai, Tainjin and Beijing Image: World Bank Staff
Daily 7-day rolling average PM2.5 concentrations based on ground-level monitors before, during, and after the lock down in New Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai Image: World Bank Staff
Examples of policy measures to reduce air pollution while supporting economic recovery

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