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Panic grips India's capital of New Delhi as life-threatening smog blankets the city

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Dr Elizabeth Chatterjee commented on air pollution in New Delhi. She said: “New Delhi is not blind to the environmental damage that is accompanying India’s rapid economic growth. The Indian government simply does not have the levers to solve the problem. The government has had limited success in persuading farmers to stop burning the post-harvest stubble in their fields - a major source of the smog sweeping Delhi. Attempts to discourage Diwali fireworks or cut the number of cars on the road have prompted a backlash. This winter may be a political turning point, as the outcry rises across heavily polluted cities.”

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