Air pollution has been steadily increasing across the world, especially in extremely densely populated countries like China and India. The issue is becoming so bad that it prompted a Dutch artist to create a massive air filter that could clean close to 30,000 cubic meters of air in an hour.
But for the time being, countries like these are currently plagued with smog so thick that people can’t even see the cars in front of them while they are driving.
Incredibly thick smog smothered areas of Northern India recently, rising to levels that were 10 times higher than what is deemed safe.
This event ended up causing a massive pileup outside of New Delhi that involved 18 different vehicles, including a number of buses and trucks.
The air in the area has become so toxic with pollution that it is basically the same as smoking 50 cigarettes in a single day. In many places, the air is so contaminated that, according to air quality monitors, anyone moving around in it should actually be wearing a gas mask.
Contributing factors to the horrible air quality have been attributed to emissions from cars, factories, construction dust, and also the burning of trash. There is also a distinct difference in the quality of the air depending on the season, location, and time of day.
Even when riding public transportation or making a morning commute underground via train stations, the toxicity of the air is bad enough to require the use of a mask when consulting air quality standards.
A recent survey by the Air Quality Index put Dehli at over 999 in parts of the capital city. That is 30 times of what is deemed safe by the World Health Organization (WHO), and it is also 10 times more polluted than Beijing, China.
Certain types of air particles that can get lodged inside of human lungs and cause significant respiratory disease, called PM 2.5 particles, were measured over 700 micrograms per cubic meter. WHO says the current safe limit for that particular particle is 60.
When the air is that bad, the entire city is advised to stay indoors at all costs, but how is that even possible for a city with almost 19 million people living and working?
India needs to figure out some way to fix this horrifying issue before it becomes far too late.
To see footage of a massive accident caused by the extreme pollution, check out the video below.
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