1. Delhi grapples with toxic winter air pollution

Delhi grapples with toxic winter air pollution

According to one advocacy group, government data shows that the smog that enveloped the city midweek was the worst in the last 17 years.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 5, 2016 1:51 PM
According to one advocacy group, government data shows that the smog that enveloped the city midweek was the worst in the last 17 years. (Reuters) According to one advocacy group, government data shows that the smog that enveloped the city midweek was the worst in the last 17 years. (Reuters)

Even for a city considered one of the world’s dirtiest, the Indian capital hit a new low this week. Air so dirty you can taste and smell it; a gray haze that makes a gentle stroll a serious health hazard.

According to one advocacy group, government data shows that the smog that enveloped the city midweek was the worst in the last 17 years. The concentration of PM2.5, tiny particulate pollution that can clog lungs, averaged close to 700 micrograms per cubic meter. That’s 12 times the government norm and a whopping 70 times the WHO standards.

Yet many of the problems that make Delhi’s air toxic continue. People set off massive amounts of festival fireworks, piles of garbage burn, and farmers in bordering regions continue to burn crop waste.

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    Dilip Raina
    Nov 5, 2016 at 2:31 pm
    It is surprising that in our country every politician is making hue and cry about a person who committed suicide as they feel that will add some more votes to their existing kitty. I am not opposed to this idea but wonder how they will get votes in case voters die of threatening pollution presently we face in NCR region. Maybe some politicians will also face some life threatening illness as they also breath the same air. How yoga will help any one who breathes poisonous air at a faster rate than normal breathing. Delhi and NCR is either in a state of shock or in coma as no one is raising voice against this life threatening scenario as they had during Anna Andolan and Nirbaya episode. WONDERFUL NCR and It's CITIZENS.
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