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  • Writer's pictureAtalbihari Baddar

Year 2020 helped in reduced Carbon Emission, Healed Mother Nature & brought Fresh Air in our Life

Updated: Jan 29, 2021

As the year 2020 going to end soon, we thought of listing good things related to mother nature happened during the year.

Before we head into 2021 though, here are some good things that happened in 2020.

1. In 2020 Nature healed drastically, the Carbon Dioxide emissions declined

While we were inside homes during lockdowns, mother nature took her time to heal. The United Nations Environment Programme has claimed 2020 to be a super year for nature and biodiversity. Humans have been the dominating species since the beginning of time. While we were away, the wildlife also got to cherish its’ mother Earth. Dolphins, Olive Ridley Turtles, Deers, and Nilgais were seen on the streets, enjoying their time.

The Carbon Dioxide emissions dropped down by 17 percent due to the successive lockdowns which brought the industries to standstill and limited public movement. This helped in aggregating the overall emission control process as the cost of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind is declining more quickly than many experts had predicted earlier.

2. 2020 is been a comparatively good year for animals

Yes. The year brought good news about animals. In 2020 India estimated the leopard population within forested habitats at 12,172 to 13,535 as compare to around 8000 in 2014. China banned the production & trade in wildlife for people consumption. China's new Wildlife Protection Law now applies at sea for the first time, reducing its vast fishing fleet's massive footprint.

France banned the use of wild animals in circuses. As per Kenya, the lion population rose 25 percent from its 2010 numbers. As per ‘Status of Tigers, Co-predators & Prey in India’ report released by Indian government on the eve of International Tiger Day in July 2020, total big cat population in India stands at 2,967 as compared to 1,400 in 2014. As per estimates, India is home to 75% of world tiger population and the new target is to increase the tiger population to 6000 till 2022.

These were just some of the many ways 2020 was kinder to animals.

3. 2020 brought fresh air in our life. Literally.

Due to movement restrictions and a significant slowdown of social and economic activities, air quality improved in many cities.

4. 2020 made the oceans cleaner

In December 2020, 14 nations that own 40 percent of the world's coastline joined together to build the world's biggest ocean sustainability initiative. To simplify and visualize the impact, an area of ocean the size of Africa will be focused on restoring fish populations and coral reefs in parallel to eliminating plastic.

5. The world came together to fight the devastating Australian wildfires

The January 2020's wildfires destroyed 18 million acres of Australian wilderness and caused around $3.5 billion in damages. But we saw the Australian people along with the world came together, gathered millions in donations and volunteer support for relief efforts. We saw American firefighters flying to Australia to help battle the fires.

The great news is, new greenery now starting to sprout from scorched Australian land.

6. First Cheetah Cubs Were Born Through IVF

Two cheetah cubs have been born via in vitro fertilization to a surrogate mother for the first time ever at the Columbus Zoo. The cubs, one male and one female, and their surrogate mother, Izzy, are doing well after the birth in February 2020

And we’re sure this list is far from extensive; we’d love to hear from you. What good things happened in 2020 that we’ve missed here?

Do share with us.

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