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‘My eyes are burning’: Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning

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Participants make their way along Rajpath during the Delhi half marathon Photograph: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Around 35,000 brave runners registered for the race after more than a week of hazardous pollution levels

November 19, 2017 — Tens of thousands of runners Sunday choked through smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring dire health warnings from doctors who fought for the controversial race in the heavily polluted capital to be postponed. Continue reading ‘My eyes are burning’: Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning

Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

a family in Delhi ride through the thick smog
A family in Delhi ride through the thick smog. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

Levels of airborne pollutants are off the scale in parts of India’s capital with effects likened to smoking 50 cigarettes a day

November 7, 2017 — A public health emergency has been declared by doctors in Delhi as air quality in the world’s most polluted capital city plunged to levels likened to smoking at least 50 cigarettes in a single day. Continue reading Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

New Delhi targets older diesel vehicles to clear up choking smog

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Traffic drives through smog in Delhi, November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Licenses given to diesel-powered vehicles more than 15 years old are being withdrawn, which would lead to the removal of 200,000 vehicles from the city’s roads

November 8, 2016 — Authorities in New Delhi began revoking licenses for thousands of older diesel vehicles on Tuesday and halted construction work on the underground rail network, as air pollution remained several times over the safety limit.  Continue reading New Delhi targets older diesel vehicles to clear up choking smog

Delhi shuts schools as smog sparks health ’emergency’

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An Indian cyclist rides along a street as smog envelops a monument in New Delhi on October 31, 2016, the day after the Diwali festival. New Delhi was shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog a day after millions of Indians lit firecrackers to mark the Diwali festival, causing the air pollution to hit “severe” level. The pollutants breached the 1000 microgram mark in the Indian capital and shot up nearly 10 times above the normal level in the early hours of Monday, mostly owing to bursting of millions of firecrackers, according to a weather scientist.
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Pollution levels have spiked in recent days as farmers in neighboring Indian states burn crop stubble after the harvest and temperatures cool, trapping pollutants in a smoggy haze over the city

NEW DELHI, India (Nov. 7, 2016) — Authorities in Delhi on Monday, November 7, closed schools, halted construction work and shut down a major power plant after days of choking smog led to warnings of a health “emergency” in the world’s most polluted capital.  Continue reading Delhi shuts schools as smog sparks health ’emergency’

‘Every breath is an effort’: Delhi residents suffer amid smog crisis

an Indian man and his family ride a bike during heavy dust and smog
An Indian man and his family ride a bike during heavy dust and smog in Delhi. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

Using the hashtags #DelhiSmog and #DelhiChokes, locals are voicing concern over heavy pollution shrouding the city

November 7, 2016 — Residents and visitors to Delhi are struggling to cope with severe levels of toxic air pollution that have prompted authorities to declare an “emergency situation” in the city.  Continue reading ‘Every breath is an effort’: Delhi residents suffer amid smog crisis

Indian government declares Delhi air pollution an emergency

young indian runners take part in the new delhi 10k challenge amid heavy smog
Young Indian runners take part in the New Delhi 10k Challenge amid heavy smog on Sunday. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

Capital’s schools closed for three days and building work halted as harmful pollutants reach level more than 16 times safe limit

November 6, 2016 — The Indian government has declared severe levels of toxic air pollution in Delhi an “emergency situation” as administrators announce a plan to temporarily shut construction Continue reading Indian government declares Delhi air pollution an emergency

Delhi imposes ’emergency’ measures to combat hazardous smog

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A car makes its way amidst the heavy smog in New Delhi, India, November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A thick layer of smog has enveloped the city, with people complaining of irritated eyes, throats and lungs

November 6, 2016 — The Delhi government on Sunday put all construction projects on hold, shut down schools and advised residents of the Indian capital to stay indoors as part of an “emergency” plan to deal with dangerous levels of air pollution.  Continue reading Delhi imposes ’emergency’ measures to combat hazardous smog

India capital to install roadside air purifiers to cut smog

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AIR POLLUTION. An Indian biker wearing face protection against air pollution rides on the road in heavy smog in New Delhi on October 28, 2016. Photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

‘We are planning to install air purifiers at 5 major intersections in Delhi to reduce pollution levels,’ Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain says at a press conference

NEW DELHI, India (Oct. 28, 2016) — Delhi’s government announced on Friday, October 28, that it will install air purifiers and a mist-making device at major road intersections in the Indian capital to curb choking levels of pollution.  Continue reading India capital to install roadside air purifiers to cut smog

India’s smog-shrouded capital pulls cars off roads

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COVERED IN SMOG. An aerial view of the Connaught Place area of New Delhi, India, as it is surrounded by smog on December 8, 2015. Photo by Harish Tyagi/EPA
‘Don’t do it because the government is forcing you. Do it because you feel it is important for your life, your health,’ says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

NEW DELHI, India (Jan. 1, 2015) — More than a million private cars were banned from New Delhi’s roads on Friday, January 1, as authorities began trialing drastic new measures to cut smog in the world’s most polluted capital.

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