Smog emer­gency

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - WORLD -

Toxic smog blan­keted much of Pak­istan and In­dia, trig­ger­ing a health emer­gency and re­duc­ing vis­i­bil­ity so much that the num­ber of traf­fic ac­ci­dents soared.

Il­le­gal agri­cul­tural burn­ing, con­struc­tion dust and car­bon emis­sions cre­ated a vast cloud of smog that was two to four times the level con­sid­ered haz­ardous.

The In­dian cap­i­tal of New Delhi was es­pe­cially hard-hit, with schools forced to close and res­i­dents warned to wear masks out­doors.

In­dia’s pol­lu­tion con­trol board said a lack of wind trapped emis­sions near the ground across the re­gion.


These Dutch hens at Kip­ster farm are free to roam around a large so­lar-pow­ered fa­cil­ity when they are not lay­ing their “car­bon-neu­tral” eggs.

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