Choking on worsening air pollution

Posted : 2018-11-11 10:45 Updated : 2018-12-02 13:29
In this photograph taken on November 3, 2018, a man wears a face mask near the installation of a giant set of lungs at Shri Ganga Ram hospital in New Delhi. Smog kills more than one million Indians every year and Delhi has the worst air of any major city on the planet, the World Health Organization says. AFP

An Indian farmer burns crop stubble in a farm at a village on the outskirts of Amritsar, India, 02 November 2018. Despite a ban on stubble burning, farmers are still burning paddy stubble before they grow the next crop. The pollution and smokey haze around the adjoining states of Punjab and Haryana, especially New Delhi has been linked with stubble burning and is said to be a contributing factor for increasing air pollution. The local farmers say that they have no other option than to burn the stubble unless they are offered an alternative or a financial incentive for it. EPA

An Indian mother puts a mask to her son a day after Diwali festival in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. AP

Indian people walk amids heavy smog along a street in New Delhi on November 5, 2018. AFP

Indian workers are seen in the morning smog as they clean a lane littered with remains of firecrackers set off Wednesday night in Greater Noida, near New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov.8, 2018. Toxic smog shrouded the Indian capital as air quality plummeted to hazardous levels Thursday after tens of thousands of people set off a multitude of firecrackers to celebrate the major Hindu festival of Diwali. AP

A cooling tower and chimneys are seen at a thermal power plant on a polluted day in Beijing, China, November 3, 2018. Reuters

Workers construct a brick wall near an under construction high-rise building on a foggy day in Greater Noida, near New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov.5, 2018. AP

An Indian motorist wears a mask inside his helmet in New Delhi, India, 05 November 2018. EPA

Commuters travel amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2018. AFP

An Indian coughs even after wearing a mask a day after Diwali festival, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. AP

In this Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, file photo, a municipal worker with her daughter leaves after sweeping the India Gate area as a thick layer of pollution haze hangs a day after Diwali festival, in New Delhi, India. AP

Indians light fire crackers wearing masks to fight pollution as they celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. India's top court recently ruled that only less polluting firecrackers should be manufactured and sold. AP

Indian people receive treatment for respiratory problems at a hospital in New Delhi on November 6, 2018. - Smog levels spike during winter in Delhi, when air quality often eclipses the World Health Organization's safe levels. AFP

An Indian man runs with his face covered as smog pollutes the air in New Delhi, India, 31 October 2018. EPA

Indian school children wearing masks take part in the awareness drive "My Right to Breathe" to protest high levels of air pollution in New Delhi on November 6, 2018. AFP

Indian fashion students, wearing anti-pollution masks, hold placards as they march through a market place for creating awareness on air pollution in New Delhi, India, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. AP

People commute on a motor-cart on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India, November 5, 2018. Reuters

A man crosses a road on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India, November 8, 2018. Reuters

Participants, wearing anti-smog masks, attend celebrations for the anniversary of one hundred years of Polish independence at Wawel Palace in Krakow, Poland November 11, 2018. Reuters

Hindu devotees gather on the banks of the Yamuna river to worship the Sun god during the Hindu religious festival of Chhath Puja on a smoggy evening in New Delhi, India, November 13, 2018. Reuters

Seen from a mountain, fires from burning stubble in the fields are seen next to the cricket stadium in Dharmsala, India, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. AP

A man wears a mask as Tiananmen Square is shrouded in haze after a yellow alert was issued for smog in Beijing, China, November 14, 2018. Reuters

A woman wearing a mask walks past the China Central Television (CCTV) building in the central business district on a polluted day after a yellow alert was issued for smog, in Beijing, China November 14, 2018. Reuters

Greenpeace activists hold a demonstration for the 'Stop Coal Financing' campaign on Gwanghwamun square in Seoul, South Korea, 28 November 2018. Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul