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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

US exports of tar sands waste are fuelling Delhi’s air pollution crisis

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Last winter, Delhi was placed under a state of emergency as smog settled over the city (Photo: Jama Masjit)

India has emerged as the world’s largest importer of petroleum coke, an oil byproduct that is now a major cause of pollution in the capital

September 28, 2017 — Come winter and the Indian capital, New Delhi, is preparing to once again struggle beneath the noxious fumes that have become a perennial crisis. Continue reading US exports of tar sands waste are fuelling Delhi’s air pollution crisis

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Licenses given to diesel-powered vehicles more than 15 years old are being withdrawn, which would lead to the removal of 200,000 vehicles from the city’s roads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

‘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

Indonesia vows ‘war’ after haze investigators held

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The incident, which saw 7 investigators held by a 100-strong gang allegedly hired by a palm oil company, highlights the difficulty faced in tackling the raging blazes that cloak Southeast Asia with haze every year

JAKARTA, Indonesia (Sept. 7, 2016) — Indonesia vowed on Wednesday, September 7 to “wage war” against illegal land burning after officials were detained and faced death threats from a mob allegedly trying to stop them investigating smog-belching fires.  Continue reading Indonesia vows ‘war’ after haze investigators held

Five markers of climate change in 2015’s weather

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Record heat, drought and continued glacier retreat show global warming fingerprint in 2015 state of the climate report

August 2, 2016 — Every year, meteorologists pull together a state of the climate report.

Thomas Karl, director at NOAA, the US agency that coordinates data and analysis from all over the world, describes it as an “annual physical” of the Earth’s climate system.  Continue reading Five markers of climate change in 2015’s weather

Was the 2015 Wildfire Season Just a Warmup for Climate Change

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January 18, 2016 — There’s no doubt that most wildfires are sparked by human activity, but thanks to warmer temperatures and extreme drought conditions these disasters are lasting longer and becoming more difficult to control. Continue reading Was the 2015 Wildfire Season Just a Warmup for Climate Change