/ 10 November 2023

Planning for rain


The world’s most polluted capital is New Delhi – and locals are planning to make it rain to clear the dangerous smog that’s been choking the city. This week, the city has closed schools and halted construction, but with the dirty air not clearing, officials will ask the Supreme Court to approve cloud seeding to try to bring on some of the wet stuff today. India’s air quality levels have been off the charts, peaking at 100 times the World Health Organization’s safe level. A lot of it’s due to farmers in neighbouring areas burning their fields to prepare for crop planting – even if that’s stopped, there’s not enough wind to clear the thick/smoggy blanket. Recent research showed the 33 million people who live in the city can expect to live 12 years less because of the air they breathe‚Ķ

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