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New Delhi chokes as pollution levels hit the worst this year

NEW DELHI: Pollution levels in New Delhi have hit their worst this year in the past two days - earning a “severe” to “emergency” rating and indicating conditions that can spark a public health crisis. Christmas Day in the Indian capital is also forecast to be bleak. Senior government officials said the main reasons for the surge in the amount of toxic smog trapped over New Delhi were unusually cold air, including fog, and a lack of wind. This mean that vehicle fumes, pollution from coal-fired power plants and…

Paris region to launch world’s biggest fleet of electric bicycles

PARIS: The Paris region plans to launch a large fleet of electric bicycles in a state-funded scheme aimed at getting commuters to cycle to work and reducing congestion and pollution. From September 2019, regional transport agency Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) will provide up to 10,000 e-bikes for long-term rental, with a view to expanding the scheme to 20,000, which would make it the world’s largest e-bike rental program. The aim of the “Veligo” service is to encourage bicycle commuting, which at the moment accounts…

Indian capital under cloud of smog as pollution level jumps

NEW DELHI: Air quality in India’s haze-hit north, including the capital, New Delhi, deteriorated sharply on Monday because of unfavorable weather and an increase in smog & pollution from stubble burning in fields across the region. Levels of PM 2.5, tiny particulate matter that can reach deep into the lungs and cause major health problems, were above 400 in most parts of the capital, and in some places soared above 600. That is nearly 24 times a recommended level of 25 micrograms per cubic meter on average over a…