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Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

sri lanka cricket players wearing masks in an attempt to protect themselves from air pollution
MASKED MEN. This file photo taken on December 3, 2017 shows Sri Lanka cricket players wearing masks in an attempt to protect themselves from air pollution during the second day of the third Test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium in New Delhi. Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks reignites debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi

NEW DELHI, India (Dec. 5, 2017) — Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks have reignited debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi, where doctors are increasingly vocal about the health risks posed by smog. Continue reading Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

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

participants make their way along rajpath during the delhi half marathon
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

Madrid bans half of cars from roads to fight air pollution

deputy mayor said the car ban was not about traffic restrictions but about public health
Madrid’s deputy mayor said the car ban was not about traffic restrictions but about public health. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Odd- and even-numbered vehicles will swap use of roads in Spanish capital until smog eases

January 1, 2017 — Madrid has ordered half of most private cars off the roads on Thursday to tackle worsening air pollution, a first in Spain.  Continue reading Madrid bans half of cars from roads to fight air pollution

New Delhi targets older diesel vehicles to clear up choking smog

traffic drives through smog in delhi
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’

an indian cyclist rides along a street as smog envelops a monument in new delhi
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’

Delhi imposes ’emergency’ measures to combat hazardous smog

a car makes its way amidst the heavy smog in new delhi, india
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

an indian biker wearing face protection against air pollution
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

Chinese smog has silver lining for mask makers

students wearing masks
HEALTH HAZARD. Students wearing face masks walk across the street in Shandong, China, amid heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. File photo by AFP
The business climate improves for manufacturers of face masks, air purifiers, and pollution monitors

DONGLIU, China (Mar. 7, 2016) — The steel plants and cement factories scattered across China’s Shandong province have made it one of the most contaminated areas of the world’s biggest polluter. But for one company, that just makes the business climate better.

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