Countries like the United States India, China, and Russia have been able to reduce the levels of harmful sulfur dioxide emissions. The levels of SO2 emissions declined by 6% across the world in 2019. For the second time, Sulfur Dioxide emissions declined in the major countries that are responsible for emitting it, these countries are Russia, China, and India.
Sulfur dioxide emissions are known to be very harmful to the environment. They are emitted by the burning of coal, gas, oil, or other materials that has sulfur. These emissions are harmful to human, the environment which can cause a lot of damage.
The NASA satellite data which measured levels of the toxic gas that is produced from activities like coal burning without scrubbers or other lab processes that get rid of the sulfur before using the coal reported that SO2 emissions fell in these three countries.
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In the United States, 31 million U.S tons of SO2 was developed by human-made activities and now the number is about 2.17 million. A reduction of 300,000 tons from 2018-2019 numbers shows that the United States also joins other powerful nations in reducing SO2 emissions.
India experienced the greatest decline. As some coal plants were closed and the country considers a greater use of renewable, this has resulted in 414,000 fewer U.S tons of SO2. Meanwhile, China also saw a 5% decline, which is the lowest drop this decade, however, it is impressive. Since 2011 the country has reduced SO2 emissions by 87%.
The country that experienced the largest drop is Russia, having a percentile drop of 8%. This means that about 340,000 U.S tons of toxic gas. The amounts of SO2 produced by their coal, gas and oil burning is far less than the amount generated by the volcanoes which is confined in its borders. Much of this comes from the volcanic Kamchatka Peninsula across Alaska.