New Delhi has been covered in smog for days now, forcing residents to stay inside, shutting down schools and closing businesses. Traffic has slowed as accidents have increased due to the poor visibility. The city is reportedly suffering from pollution 10 times worse than Beijing, China–and that place is known for its poor air quality. India has historically had the most air pollution related deaths, with China close behind. In New Delhi, people who have the money have been purchasing air filters for their homes.
Pollution caused 9 million “premature deaths” in 2015, according to “The Lancet Commission on pollution and health,” a report from 19 October, 2017. It is estimated to be responsible for 16% of deaths worldwide and “three times more deaths from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than all wars and other forms of violence. In the most severely affected countries, pollution-related disease is responsible for more than one death in four.” The journal “Nature” reported that in 2007, 3.25 million deaths were due to air pollution alone. There are other types of pollution, such as the pollution of goods and services or water.
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