Delhi’s Air Pollution Is Now so Bad It Is Literally off the Chart

Smog more toxic than can be measured by monitoring devices has blanketed the Indian capital this week, months before the start of Delhi’s traditional “pollution season”. A thick haze was visible across the city from Tuesday and some government pollution monitors have recorded concentrations of 999 – the highest they …

India’s Coal Imports From North America Tripled Year On Year In October

Imports of coal from North America have risen rapidly in recent times in India, on the back of a regional ban on the use of petroleum coke and a domestic coal shortage, according to recent reports. Relying on shipping data compiled by Thomson Reuters, it appears that India’s imports of …

California Named US State With Worst Air Quality, Yet Again

The state of California has again been named by the American Lung Association as the US state with the worst air quality — mostly as a result of having the highest ozone/smog levels out of any state in the country, but also high particle pollution levels. What that means is …

Paris Pollution Victim Sues France for Bad Air

A Parisian woman is taking the French state to court for failing to protect her health from the effects of air pollution. Clotilde Nonnez, a 56-year-old yoga teacher, says she has lived in the capital for 30 years and seen her health deteriorate. However, it became worse than ever when …

China’s Premier Unveils Smog-Busting Plan to ‘Make Skies Blue Again’

The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, has promised to step up his country’s battle against deadly smog, telling an annual political congress: “We will make our skies blue again.” China’s cities have become synonymous with choking air pollution in recent years, which is blamed for up to 1 million premature deaths …

Are China’s Carbon Emissions About to Fall?

China is on track to record its fourth year in a row of flat or reduced greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new analysis by Greenpeace’s East Asia office. The campaign group today published an investigation of official forecasts from China’s National Energy Administration, detailing how the government is expecting …

‘Forest Cities’: the Radical Plan to Save China from Air Pollution

When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Office blocks, homes and hotels decked from top to toe in a verdant blaze of shrubbery and plant life; a breath of fresh air for metropolises that are choking on a toxic diet of …