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The air quality in India is horrendously bad right now. Here’s why.

The air quality in India is horrendously bad right now. Here’s why.

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Apocalyptically horrendous air has descended upon India’s sprawling capital territory, Delhi. 

According to November 4 measurements taken by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, the Air Quality Index (AQI) hit 534. For perspective, the scale only goes up to 500, wherein levels are described as “Hazardous.”

“534 is higher than your highest value — which is insane,” Anthony Wexler, the director of the Air Quality Research Center at the University of California, said in an interview.

But, come early November, terrible air quality becomes the norm in northern India. This time of year, farmers burn off bounties of crop waste to clear fields.  Read more…

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