New Delhi’s Air Quality Categorized as Severe After Diwali

New Delhi has the worst air quality in the world according to the Indian authorities. 

The Air Quality Index (AQI) surged to 463 on a scale of 500 – the maximum recorded in 2021. The reading was the morning after the end of Diwali, the most dangerous air pollution of the year.

The World Health Organization deems anything above an annual average of 5 micrograms as unsafe.

Authorities plan to install 20 anti-smog guns to spray water into the air to dilute the smog.

Explainer: Why air quality has deteriorated sharply in India’s capital

Pollution has been hitting dangerous levels across New Delhi and other parts of northern India this month, in a sharp deterioration from October when people breathed the cleanest air in four years.

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Modi Surprises Climate Summit With 2070 Net-Zero Vow for India

The country is the world’s third-biggest emitter and one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of global warming.

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Delhi Chokes: Respiratory Distress Cases Surge 20%; Covid Patients at Higher Risk, Say Docs

After being in the ‘severe’ category early morning, Delhi’s AQI recorded a slight improvement as it fell into the ‘poor’ category.

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