Drop in pollution may bring hotter weather and heavier monsoons
Scientists say fewer particles and polluting gases means more sunlight can reach Earth’s surface
The dramatic improvements in air quality associated with the coronavirus lockdown may bring warmer temperatures and heavier monsoon rains this year, scientists say.
With factories closed and roads relatively empty, air pollution in cities across Asia, Europe and the US has dropped by as much as 60% in recent weeks. The lack of haze has made skies bluer and some people in northern India have been able to see the Himalayas for the first time in 30 years.