New Delhi was blanketed in haze on Friday as air pollution levels in parts of the city soared to “severe” levels. This happened hours after US President Donald Trump described the air in the vast nation as “filthy”.
Smoke from agricultural burning, vehicle fumes, and industrial emissions turns the air in New Delhi into a toxic soup every winter.
The air quality index at Delhi’s 36 pollution monitoring sites was between 282 and 446. Meanwhile, it pushed the levels into the “severe” category.
The “good” category is between 0-50, the government’s environmental watchdog said.
A “significant increase in stubble fire count” to 1,213 in Haryana and Punjab states was the highest of this season. Moreover, it made up 17% of Delhi’s PM2.5 levels.
Meanwhile, more deterioration of (air quality) is likely in two days.
The burning started earlier this year. Thanks to advanced sowing and harvesting by farmers amid labor shortages during coronavirus.
The worsening conditions came as Trump complained that action on climate change was unfair to the US.
“Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia, look at India — it’s filthy. The air is filthy,” Donald Trump said at his presidential debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Soon after the US president’s comments, ‘filthy’ and ‘Howdy! Modi’ started trending on Twitter.
Meanwhile, scientists warned this year’s pollution season would make Delhi’s 20 million residents more vulnerable to the coronavirus. Besides, do you remember, White House had one unfollowed Modi and Indian Embassy on Twitter, also?
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