Girls cross a smoggy road in a New Delhi area. Reuters
Cooler temperatures and lighter wind trapped heavy smog over the Indian capital on Wednesday, pushing pollution to “severe” levels in many places with no immediate relief in sight, government agencies said.
The air pollution reaches a crescendo in Delhi-NCR every winter, when pollution from stubble burning combines with the suspended water droplets in the lower atmosphere to form a thick blanket of noxious smog, thus creating health hazards for the residents.
India ranks among the five countries most vulnerable to climate change and air pollution, a first-of-its-kind research assessing the combined risks of the two factors said recently. China also makes the list. The world’s two fastest developing
More children are in hospital with breathing problems as pollution levels remain dangerously high in New Delhi, doctors warned on Wednesday, and the government shut five power stations and extended school closures to try to contain the crisis.
The results of Friday’s summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart have been couched deliberately in such vague terms as to make it a secretive summit.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that the Senate would reconvene on Saturday for a vote on a motion to proceed with the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Many people expected the vote on the Democrats’ signature climate and health care legislation to happen over the weekend, so Schumer’s announcement
White House national security spokesperson Nicholas Kirby did not lose much time when he announced that the US was ready for swapping prisoners. He said, “We urge them to accept it.