In a few weeks it will be the first anniversary of that absolute closure which began in March last year.

Although it seems like a lot more time has passed and we are getting used to living with him little by little COVID19, our “new norm” is still quite “new”.

However, after everything we go through, it is also important stay with the good news.

Because yes, there are always.

In this case, cities love it Madrid have experienced a historic decline in contamination as a consequence of a sudden stop of road traffic.

Want to know more about all these effects?

Madrid is suffering a historic drop in pollution

Streets of pollution in Madrid

The results were seen immediately.

From the beginning absolute closure, Madrid has been breathing fresh air for too long.

  • The city’s central almond recorded a 75.3% decrease over the usual day.
  • UM 30, the decrease reached 76.9% compared to a normal working day.

If all of this surprises you, let me tell you that the good news has continued.

Declining traffic also implied decrease in mean NO2 values.

According to Greenpeace, nitrogen dioxide levels have barely reached 40% of the WHO limit. Something that hasn’t happened since 2010.

What is left of that Madrid in mid-2021?

That is how Madrid was in 2020

Today, Madrid residents lead an “almost normal” life.

Despite the fact that the virus continues to rage and that the numbers are still very worrying, the working life has reactivated the city.

Unfortunately, it seems to be in matters of contamination we have not learned.

In the Madrid sky, a large pollution beret is trapped with levels nitrogen dioxide fired.

This is a time limit common in cities that show high levels of pollution.

The concentration of nitrogen dioxide in the atmosphere has tripled since the closure, which reminded us that as soon as we get lost, this problem attacks again.

Cotton does not cheat: that was the result

Pollution in Madrid

During the closure, Madrid reached figures that had not been achieved for decades:

  • Nitrogen dioxide concentration dropped to almost half of normal values.
  • Pollution fell by more than 35% during captivity and remained low in the early stages of deescalation.

But was it enough? The answer is no.

Like COVID, contamination it is an invisible threat that takes the lives of many people.

Numerous studies confirm that Madrid was the city in Europe with the most deaths due to pollution in 2020.

So the question is, When will we take this problem seriously?


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