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The Gas Chamber of Our Century

India’s air quality these past days has been at its worst state, reaching three times more than the hazardous level of the global Air Quality Index (AQI). Its air quality is worse than China’s. AQI levels have been reaching higher than 800 in certain places in the country. These high numbers pose danger to people’s health. 

Inhalation of air in India for one day, is equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes every day. In addition, long exposure to polluted air can lead to juveniles facing development problems in the future. Therefore, many of the construction sites have been put on a halt and students weren’t allowed to go to school.

The smog has been caused by the incineration of leftover crops, and the government has tried to offer an alternative to farmers; however, it wasn’t successful. Experts believe that the smog situation will only exacerbate as Indians get ready to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with firecrackers. 

In order to solve the problem, the country has implemented the odd-even car rule for this month that will take out about 4 million cars from the roads, and hopefully reduce the impact.

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