Delhi Air Quality Reaches Toxic Levels Despite India’s Ongoing Efforts

Posted by Rypos on Dec 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

In Delhi, the most polluted major metropolis in the world, India’s government moved to ban millions of private vehicles from the streets on Monday, a day after the city recorded its worst air quality in three years.

As temperatures cool and winds calm, New Delhi's air quality drops. The poor air quality can make eyes water, induce coughing, and cause breathlessness even for those without respiratory illnesses. Often, the city will declare a public health emergency, and even go as far as to shut schools.

 Delhi Air Quality

The level of harmful particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) skyrocketed to more than 25 times the safe limit prescribed by the World Health Organization. Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of the state of Delhi, has repeatedly referred to the region as a “gas chamber.” 

Tags: Pollution, India, Environment