Mount Everest is now visible from Nepal capital city for the first time in living memory
23.05.2020

Mount Everest is now visible from Nepal capital city for the first time in living memory

Photo via Fox News (Abhushan Gautam)

Reduced air pollution means visibility is better than ever.

Mount Everest stands 200km from Kathmandu and now the behemoth is visible from the Nepal capital for the first time in decades. As a result of current lockdown restrictions bringing many parts of society to a standstill, air quality is now better than ever.

Kathmandu residents have never had the luxury of gazing upon the world’s tallest peak from their home, but with industry largely halting production, car use lower than ever and air travel practically nill, it’s now more visible than ever.

The coronavirus has also seen the Los Angeles skyline become clearer than ever, while the air pollution in London has diminished dramatically. Looks like we’ve found something that the pandemic is actually good for.

The phenomenon has provided a small snapshot into what things look like in a low-carbon society. The World Health Organisation has estimated that about three million people die each year from air pollution-related illness. It’s been reported that 80% of people living in cities are exposed to unsafe air quality levels.

So what will this mean for the future? Will this forced experiment change the way we think about climate change?

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