Space4SDG13: Climate Action
Published by- Joy Agrawal on 16/07/2021
Our extensive development has led to ever increasing levels of pollution. Pollution is actually like cancer. Something that is slowly consuming the Earth and after a certain point is a point of no return. We need to stop our Earth from heading towards the point of no return which is actually just around the corner. They say everything is destined to happen was this pandemic destined, because this year of 2020 definitely saw a positive change in terms of pollution. Was this destined for our Earth to reclaim its climate and nature? But with relaxations around the world, pollution soaring high yet again. This pandemic has shown that climate is extremely dynamic such a short lived reduction in pollution enhanced the quality by astronomical levels during the initial phase. We can protest as much we want but the climate won’t improve by protesting instead what’s needed is action and proper education to people around the globe. Now we have reached a point where only reducing won’t do it because the underlying pollution will still deteriorate the overall environment. Now reduction along with removal is required.
Space technology bring a lot more options for agencies in play to take action now. Space technology can help measure pollution and also help find underlying causes for this through comparison of different data. For instance in a city like Mumbai has lesser industries but more population and hence more mobility. The main reason for pollution there is heavy mobility which can easily be tracked from space and plotted against the pollution. This can help us definitively identifying the regions where pollutions is maximum and why. Whereas a city with heavy industries is likely to have water pollution and air pollution. It can help us in identifying emissions from industries, for instance physical air quality monitors can be doctored but not satellite data quantifying the pollution. It can help track deforestation on lands allotted for forest industries to monitor that over-deforestation doesn’t take place.
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