Still in India, New Delhi residents are struggling with breathing problems as high pollution levels continued in the Indian capital.
The city of 20 million was the world’s most polluted capital for the third straight year in 2020. According to IQAir, a Swiss group, the air quality in Delhi has hit hazardous levels. The local government has launched a series of measures such as shutting five power stations, extending school closures and appealing to vehicles to switch off their engines at traffic stops in a bid to contain the crisis. On most days, the Air Quality Index has stayed above 451 on a scale of 500. The federal pollution control board’s guidance said these levels indicate very poor and severe conditions that affect even healthy people and seriously impact those with existing diseases. Anumita Roychowdhury of the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment believes the emergency measures announced by the Delhi government "cannot solve the problem of air pollution" in the city.
We spoke to her earlier via ZOOM from New Delhi, India.
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