New Delhi has the worst air pollution of any city on earth

November 9, 2016 by  
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New Delhi’s toxic smog is literally off the charts – and according to its Air Quality Index rating, it’s the most polluted city on earth. Measurements recorded at the United States Embassy in Delhi reveal that the city’s AQI is a staggering 999 – but the AQI standard chart ends at 500. Particle counts in some areas of the city are 16 times the level considered safe by the Indian government. What’s causing the smog in New Delhi ? Some blame fireworks during the Hindu celebration Diwali, but NASA satellite images show crop burning has a role to play in the pollution too, as farmers burn leftover straw. Construction and vehicles are probably also contributing to the poor air quality . Related: Mexico City bans over one million cars as air pollution skyrockets PM 2.5 particles – the most unhealthy type of particles – spiked to levels of 700 micrograms per cubic meter this week. Exposure to this level of pollution is as bad as smoking over two cigarette packs daily, according to experts cited by The New York Times . Over the weekend, people protested outside Parliament and the chief minister of Delhi tried to take some action to curb the dramatic pollution. Construction will cease for five days, around 1,800 schools will close for three days, and a power plant will be closed for 10 days. The government suggested people cleanse their eyes with water and go to the hospital if they experienced “breathlessness, giddiness, chest pain, and chest constriction.” Centre for Environmental Health at the Public Health Foundation of India manager Bhargav Krishna told The New York Times, “These are all decent emergency measures, but they’re not solving the long-term problem.” While some hope for a reprieve as weather changes, during the winter some people in Delhi have to burn trash to stay warm, and as such trash often includes rubber and plastic, the practice will likely contribute to continued pollution. Via The New York Times and CNN Images via Ville Miettinen on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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India’s air pollution blamed for discoloring Taj Mahal’s iconic dome

December 11, 2014 by  
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  India’s airborne pollution has always been a problem for the rapidly developing country, but now it could severely impact one of its most famous structures – the Taj Mahal. According to a study from the Georgia Institute of Technology , the Taj Mahal’s iconic marble dome and soaring minarets now require regular cleaning due to increasing levels of airborne carbon particles and dust, which have turned the white marble an unappealing shade of brown. Read the rest of India’s air pollution blamed for discoloring Taj Mahal’s iconic dome Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon levels , carbon pollution , coal pollution , dust pollution , Georgia Institute of Technology , India air pollution , india pollution , Taj Mahal , UNESCO , UNESCO world heritage site

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This breathtaking Lithuanian Christmas tree looks like a tumbling cascade of clouds

December 11, 2014 by  
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Delhi’s Air Pollution is Even Worse Than Beijing’s Smog

January 27, 2014 by  
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China gets all the attention when it comes to terrible air quality , but the truth is that the worst day in Beijing is really just an average day in Delhi. Though it gets far less notice, the air in Delhi is some of the most polluted on the planet. In fact, India’s citizens have some of the weakest lungs, highest rates of asthma and highest mortality rates from respiratory issues of any nation in the world. Read the rest of Delhi’s Air Pollution is Even Worse Than Beijing’s Smog Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beijing air pollution , beijing air quality , Beijing smog , Delhi air pollution , Delhi air quality , Delhi asthma , delhi india , Delhi lung damage , Delhi PM measurement , Delhi smog , Delhi worse than Beijing air , Delhi Worst Air Pollution , Delhi worst smog , India air pollution , India smog , worst air pollution in the world , worst smog in the world        

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