The only good thing to come out of the pandemic and the lockdown is pollution-free skies. In India alone, the complete lack of economic activity has ensured that the aerosol concentration above north India has gone down drastically, according to US space agency Nasa. The result is unbelievably clear skies and low levels of pollution.
However, this is just a brief snapshot of what a world free of fossil fuel might look like. As far as the bigger picture is concerned, 2020 is still on course to being the hottest year on record. Earlier this year, places like Greenland and Antarctica had established new heat records, even as a new study led by scientists from the UK Met office and the University of Hamburg concluded ice-free Arctic summers are inevitable within the next 30 years.