Indian Government Needs to Further Invest In Solutions to Air Pollution Problems

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The air pollution levels in New Delhi on some days are equivalent to smoking 44 cigarettes a day, which is an Air Quality Index (AQI) as high as 999 (the safe level is below 100); the daily range is between approximately 150 and 300. The Indian government has not done enough to reduce this pollution. They are merely reacting to the problem by instituting random policies, such as odd cars driving one day and even cars driving another. Every day, a large fraction of the 12.9 million citizens of New Delhi walk, drive, or take public transport, exposing them to the pollutants in the air. The particles in the air start to settle in their throats, causing many, especially small children, to cough, get headaches, or even throw up. India also has a huge stray dog population; many dogs have to scavenge for food and deal with abuse anyway. Now, because of the pollution, their small lungs are inhaling the polluted air, giving them health problems and making life even more difficult. The government needs to further invest in research and solutions regarding minimizing air pollution. They should also emphasize using public transport as much as possible in order to make the atmosphere safer for the children that already live in Delhi and the generations to come. Thank you for your support!



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