Smog Hog: Air pollution worsens in India

  

Picture credits// The Business Insider-Smog in Manhattan 

By: Ashwini Selvakumaran 

There's been a lot of focus on China's skies as it renders the city almost unrecognizable, which was recently recognized after the red-alert issued by Beijing. However the alert was lifted on Thursday, as shifting weather patterns improved air quality for the first time in weeks. Though this is great news, the worst is to come, regarding India.

Last week, Delhi announced drastic emergency measures to reduce air pollution. According to Gizmodo, "Starting January 1, it will enact strict emission guidelines and only allow cars to drive on alternate days according to license plate numbers." About 1,400 cars are on the streets every day.
China's Smog Makes Headlines But India's Is Much Worse
Where Beijing’s pollution is mostly due to its gas emissions, India’s also includes soot from wood-burning stoves and the widespread practice of burning garbage.  According to Gizmodo, Last year India’s air was named the worst on the planet by the World Health Organization, and a study earlier this year showed that about half of the children in Delhi have irreversible lung damage.
China's Smog Makes Headlines But India's Is Much Worse
Most Indian cities don’t have the budget to enforce a ban, plus the public finds ways to skirt around it. Additionally, there isn’t the public transportation infrastructure in place to help people get around, and many women don’t feel safe riding the system that exists.

The latest hope comes out with the recent news the Indian government has released. Indian government that says it will close down a coal-firing power plant in Delhi, part of a long list of reforms which the country is making as part of the COP21 summit. Change can’t come soon enough for India’s one billion citizens at risk.

*All facts and pictures belong to Gizmodo

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