Chinese Cities Choked by Dangerous Smog for Fifth Day: Factories, Schools Closed

Northern China was shrouded in almost record pollution for a fifth day on Wednesday, disrupting flights, traffic and shipping, and closing factories and schools, with some residents complaining emergency anti-smog measures were not operating. Hundreds of government inspectors patrolled Beijing on Wednesday to enforce temporary bans on barbecues and make sure that cars with even number plates were the only ones on the roads. Many Beijing highrises simply disappeared into the grey haze, as commuters wearing face masks headed to work. Emergency closures of power plants, steel mills and ports…

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Smog Lifts, But Companies’ View of Polluted Delhi Skies is Dim

As New Delhi grappled with its worst smog in 17 years, the head of India’s largest mobile payment firm got on a plane and left, one of thousands of professionals escaping pollution that could cost the capital and the broader economy dear. Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of PayTM payment start-up, left last Sunday for a temporary stay in Mumbai, worried about the impact of hazardous clouds of dust, smoke and fumes that hang over Delhi during the winter months. “It became very visibly clear that it is going to be…

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After Delhi, Thick Smog Descends Over Lucknow

The air quality in the Uttar Pradesh capital and nearby areas was said to be “alarmingly bad” and polluted for a second straight day on Monday, officials said. According to a study by the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR), Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and UP Pollution Control Board, the air quality index of Lucknow was eight times poisonous than the permissible limit. IITR Director Alok Dhawan said the city’s air quality was in bad shape and the situation warranted immediate and urgent attention. People need to be careful…

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Cold Weather, Smog Could Lead to Rise in Heart, lung Cases

The week following Diwali has seen Delhi and the National Capital Region shrouded in a blanket of smog that has made breathing difficult and led to a rise in heart and lung complaints. With the situation unlikely to change for a few more days and the nippy winter already knocking at the doors, cardiologists and pulmonologists have warned that prolonged exposure to the highly toxic air can cause cardiac arrest and lung complications. Noting that cardiovascular disease (CVD), over the past decade, has emerged as the single most important cause…

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Swaraj India Blames Kejriwal and Modi Governments for Delhi Smog

Terming the smog situation in Delhi an environmental emergency, the Swaraj India party on Sunday accused the Delhi and central governments of failing to tackle pollution. “Be it the Municipal Corporations of Delhi, the Delhi government or the Centre, none of the authorities have done justice to the tasks assigned to them, which would have led to control over pollution,” said Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav. “As the toxic smog continues to loom over the national capital, Swaraj India expresses deep concern over the collective failure of the Delhi and…

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Delhi Air Pollution: How to Shield Your Children Delhi Smog

Numbers don’t affect us. World Health Organisation conducted a survey a few months back and concluded that Delhi is the most polluted city in the world. Delhi air recorded alarming levels of the most dangerous small particulates, known as PM 2.5s, per cubic metre. This should have made us sit up and take notice. It didn’t. Recent reports showed that Beijing and Delhi were neck to neck in air pollution levels and an emergency-like situation was declared in Beijing. Back in India, we let that pass too. The Delhi Government…

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Polluted Smog Covers Pakistani City of Lahore

Heavy smog loaded with pollutants has covered several urban and rural areas in eastern Pakistan, prompting breathing problems, and causing more than 20 deaths in traffic accidents caused by poor visibility on highways, officials and a senior meteorologist said. Several cities in Punjab province, including the provincial capital Lahore, have been engulfed in haze since earlier this week. Meteorologist Mohammad Hanid told The Associated Press that the smog is “very unusual and it contains toxic air.” He said the smog has caused irritation in residents’ eyes and an increase in…

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Delhi Government Orders Three-Day School Shutdown Over Smog

Schools in the Indian capital will be closed for the next three days, the Delhi state government said Sunday, as the city struggles with one of the worst spells of air pollution in recent years. “Emergency measures are needed to solve this problem together,” state chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said. “All construction and demolition in the city will be banned for next five days. All schools will be closed for the next three days in Delhi,” he added. Thick smog has blanketed the capital for days, with local and central…

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Delhi smog thickens, 2nd worst in 10 years for Nov

Delhi smog thickens, 2nd worst in 10 years for Nov (Photo credit: AFP) The toxic smog choking the capital for the past four days worsened early Thursday morning, with visibility reducing to the second lowest recorded in at least 10 years for November and one monitoring agency showing that the city’s air quality index had again gone off the scale at 500+, a level it had reached a day after Diwali. While calls by experts for emergency measures went unheeded by the government, several schools suspended outdoor activities and urged…

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Don’t expect relief from smog before Nov 7

Don’t expect relief from smog before Nov 7 Delhi airport sources said that Wednesday witnessed the worst smog episode in the past few years. Before this, November 2012 saw similar conditions. According to the sources, during the day , when smog or fog usually shows improvement, general visibility at the IGI Airport was in the range of 300-500m, on a par with the dense fog days of December and January . By 9pm, the visibility had dropped to 250m. While the Met department has predicted a slight improvement in smog…

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