New Delhi, the capital of India, is suffering terrible pollution problems making citizens worried for their health, and the health of the young and old.t is being blamed for car accidents. The amount of pollutants in the air has gone up to 1000 micrograms per cubit meter. This is worrysome and is 16 times worse than the amount of pollution considered safe by the government. Apparently this can cause the amount of problems of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. The problems with trying to solve the pollution is that many different government organizations and leaders are in charge of the causes of the pollutants. It appears that fireworks, buring of garbage, construction, and transporation are the biggest causes of the problems. The Government is attempting to correct the situation. They have shut-down of schools for three days, and have halted any construction for five days, and closed down a power plant for 10. Unfortunately, as is common with weather/climate problems, it is almost too late now to automatically fix the problem. They would have had to enacted these measures before this became a crisis according to specialists. The best is to make changes now that could help in the future. Luckily, the changing weather shoud help this particular time of smog to dissapate, but changes will have to occur in the future if India wants to keep its people safe and healthy in New Delhi.

China has been the country in recent years to receive complaints about their pollution problems with their growing population and industrialization. However, this shows an example of another country struggling from their own growth. Climate problems have always been difficult to deal with because they effect more than one area. The wind doesn’t obey state boundaries, and many people uninvolved in a given conflict can feel the pain of bad pollution. The only way policies will work to give people a chance of a healthy environment is for government leaders to work together within India, but also with other officials around the world. When I saw the Taj Mahal years ago, they had already seen problems with pollution and did not allow motorized vehicles within a certain radius of the building in order to keep it white. Pollutants were turing the famous building a grayish color. How much more pollution has been pumped into the air since I was there. At the local level, how can goverments keep the poor from buring garbage for warmth (as was metioned in the article)? How can India keep up industiralization in a clean way? It seems that all levels have to combat poverty to keep their people safe. If not, we will see a lot more deaths and medical complications from India’s capital, New Delhi.

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