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No escape from Delhi’s smog

Air pollution is even worse in India than in China 

By Jessica Abrahams  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

When you leave New Delhi’s international airport you are greeted by a sign: “Today’s Air Quality,” it declares, followed by a series of numbers in red. The day I landed the overall air quality in Delhi was registered at 348, which indicates the concentration of fine particulate matter. Under the Air Quality Index, “good” air should be no more than 50. By way of comparison, the overall air quality in London at the time of writing is 47.

Although the toxic air caused by rapid…

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