An indication of just how severe air pollution in Delhi was in the week that started on November 7 was the soaring price of air tickets to places like Goa as the middle-class fled the city. What an indictment! Then, we were told that United Airlines has stopped flying to Delhi for the same reason. Earlier it distributed masks to passengers as they landed in Delhi. This is when the US is busy dumping its petroleum industry’s toxic waste on the global market and we in India are equally busy buying it.
The air pollution problem in the national capital won’t go away till we take action -- such as ban the use of dirty fuels, ramp up public transport and oversee crop burning, says Sunita Narain. IMAGE: Air pollution in Delhi is lower this year than the previous year -- but because the levels are so high, actions against it are needed now! Photograph: Saumya Khandelwal/ReutersDo not read me wrong. A couple of weeks ago, I had said we may breathe easier this winter.
Air pollution: the ostrich effect
We know the causes of air pollution, but in the political theatrics around it, each solution suggested is contested
An indication of just how severe the air pollution over Delhi is the soaring price of air tickets to places like Goa as the middle-class flee the city. What an indictment. Then, we are told that United Airlines has stopped flying to Delhi for the same reason.
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Selecting a term
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