Environmentalists Ask: Is India’s Government Making Bad Air Worse?

9 Dec 2017   India

A man feeding seagulls on the Yamuna River in New Delhi, India, in November. The city is one of the world’s most polluted capitals. NEW DELHI — As millions of Indians watched a televised cricket match this week between the national teams of India and Sri Lanka, the game suddenly stopped. The pollution in New Delhi is especially bad right now, and one of the Sri Lankan players could barely breathe. He leaned over, put his hands on his knees and started throwing up on live television. The Sri Lankan cricketers were clearly not ready for New Delhi’s foul air, which this week contained 22 times the level of hazardous particles that the World Health Organization considers acceptable. It was an embarrassing moment for India, and the National Green Tribunal, India’s environmental court, chastised the local government for even holding the match. “Every newspaper has been carrying headlines that […]

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