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Delhi is choking on apocalyptic air pollution
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The most recent air quality index reading in India’s capital are well beyond the hazardous threshold of 300 and above. In some parts of the city, readings are at 999—the maximum the tracker can measure, equivalent to smoking 45 cigarettes a day.
The index measures the concentration of PM 2.5—the tiny airborne particulate matter that impairs human health—as well as hazardous chemicals like nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and ozone.
The smog that covers the Indian capital, created by cars, factories, and construction is already thicker than usual, but it will get worse in the coming weeks.
That’s when farmers in neighboring states will start burning crop debris ahead of the planting season—just in time for Delhi’s marathon on Nov. 19.