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The world’s worst air isn’t in New Delhi or Beijing, but far, far away

Temuco in Chile had the worst air quality in the world at least 5 days in last eight weeks, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Green & OpenAQ.
A man wearing a face mask walks past an advertisement billboard showing the city's commercial district under a clear blue sky in Beijing. | Bloomberg

Despite environmental progress, parts of the world may soon become uninhabitable

Even with diminished industrial activity, air travel and automobile traffic, the pandemic continues to have mixed effects on the overall health of the planet.
Illustration by Peali Dezine

Watching Netflix for just 30 minutes? This is how much carbon you will emit

Contrary to a slew of recent misleading media coverage, climate impacts of streaming video remain relatively modest compared to other activities and sectors.
Women try to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution | PTI

India has overtaken China – for the world’s most polluted cities

India dominates the list of smoggiest urban areas while Chinese cities have improved their air quality, according to the 2019 World Air Quality Report.
A view of Rajpath shrouded in smog in New Delhi | PTI

Pollution is attacking human capital and affecting GDP: Economist Alex Tabarrok

At a seminar in Delhi, economist Alex Tabarrok said studies show how severe pollution has immediate effects on productivity and performance of the workforce.
People wear face masks to protect against the severely bad air quality in Delhi. Pollution levels spiked to alarming levels after Diwali, with the EPCA declaring a public health emergency | Suraj Singh Bish | ThePrint

How Delhi’s air crisis can be resolved by curbing paddy cultivation in Punjab, Haryana

The solution is to shift more farmers of Punjab & Haryana from paddy to vegetables, fruits. Govt has to nudge farmers using incentives & disincentives.
Women try to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution | PTI

North India’s air is ‘severe’, avoiding coal is one way to deal with it

In an interview to ThePrint, Professor A.R. Ravishankara highlights major sources of air pollution in north India and the issues with coal industry.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Will the idea of community Diwali stop people from bursting crackers outside homes?

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has organised a community Diwali show from 26 October to 29 October at Connaught Place.
A devotee offers prayers to the rising Sun during Chhath Puja as toxic froth floats on the surface of polluted Yamuna river, at Kalindi Kunj, in New Delhi

AIIMS doctors find excessive toxicity in patients, say heavy metals are all around us

Study by AIIMS Clinical Ecotoxicology Facility, set up to study effects of pollution & climate change, finds iron, mercury, lead in excess amounts in patients' bodies.
Trafic police wearing masks in Delhi smog

Odd-even is a political gimmick. It has nothing to do with pollution

If odd-even helps reduce air pollution in Delhi, why did the Kejriwal government not implement it in 2017 and 2018?

On Camera

People stand in a queue at a food distribution point during the nationwide lockdown in Navi Mumbai on 24 April 2020 | PTI

Why even herd immunity may not fully protect us from coronavirus

Herd immunity might be a temporary state of affairs. The coronavirus-induced economic & social changes may induce a rotation of potential superspreaders.
Dubai

Dubai businesses start growing again for the first time after coronavirus struck

Businesses in Dubai are benefiting from lifting of lockdown restrictions, with foreign visitors allowed to enter. However, a weaker outlook hasn't stopped job losses.

Defence

IAF chief R.K. Bhadauria takes a sortie in HTT-40 last November | Twitter | @HALHQBLR

Defence Ministry clears purchase of indigenous basic trainer aircraft, upgrade of Israeli UAVs

HAL acquisition among projects worth Rs 8,722.38 crore to be cleared. The upgrade of Israeli Heron UAVs will include arming them, a need being pushed due to stand-off with China.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.