Choking Hazard

Air pollution is a worrisome fact of life throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East, but in places like Delhi, India—where it may be responsible for as many as 30,000 deaths each year—worry has escalated to crisis.

With levels of fine particulate matter in the air reaching 600 parts per million (“unhealthy” is 151-200), Delhi is seeing alarming accounts of deadly asthma, cancer and heart attacks that disproportionately affect poorer people who can’t afford to “buy their way around dirty air” with purifiers and masks. Despite laws halting construction and restricting private car use, Delhi is often at the mercy of unpredictable weather patterns to lift the smog.

The New Yorker

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