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Delhi has divested the title of world’s most polluted city from Beijing this winter. On November 8, pollution surged to a new record high with Air Quality Index of 999, way above the upper limit of the worst category, Hazardous (17 times the poor air quality) and state government has declared public health emergency. The airborne particles and toxic chemicals that make up the smog have choked the metropolitan area, where merely breathing the air was, at its worst, like smoking 50 cigarettes in a day.
Economic development is important but it is not by itself will solve the problem. Developed nations like U.S. , Japan , UK have also struggled with the deadly pollution in the past but they have all wealth,perseverance and technology to cope with the situation. They have already invested in catalytic converters, C.N.G. driven buses to improve air quality and many more stricter regulations on emissions.
India’s situation will likely to get worse before getting any better as it has adopted a short term coping techniques like spending more time indoor which will result in more energy demand leading to more coal and wood use ,thus it will create a feedback loop and will only exacerbate the whole situation .
The World Health Organization projects that air pollution will continue to be a major killer in years to come, and the world's poorest countries will be left gasping.