Current Events: India ENVIRONMENT: John Mauro

The pollution in India is currently one of its greatest ignored problems. Indian cities, such as New Delhi, have more than three times the next greatest polluted city, Baoding, in China.

This graph shows the gap of the highest polluted city, New Delhi, to the nearest others. Mexico City, Los Angeles, and Beijing don't even come close.

Pollution in India isn't only affecting the cities, but the countryside too. Deforestation is inflicting major wounds on India, such as floods, pollution, and landslides. India is already below the recommended minimum of forest, 33%, and is currently sitting at 24%. Movements, such as the Chipko movement, have proposed plans and spread public awareness about the subject, such as having the government take a more active role in solving the problem.

Pollution is a serious problem in today's world, especially for huge, populated countries like India. The high levels of pollution are disturbing even children and making it hard for them to breathe. Pollution kills hundreds of thousands, sometimes even millions because of its gateway to numerous diseases, such as bronchitis. In New Delhi, especially, where air pollution is by far highest in the world, people are suffering from its thick smog. Both the rich and the poor are affected by air pollution; you would think this would drive India as a whole to fix the problem. But the Indian government doesn't make any strides in cleaning the air and the pollution seems to worsen every day. The increasing amount of cars, coal plants, and dust from construction doesn't help with the thick smog in New Delhi. Festivals such as Diwali, Hindu's festival of lights, only fueled the pollution even more. Other practices, such as putting a deceased family members ash's into a sacred river, only pollute the water further, and these traditions, while sacred, aren't helping solve pollution. While it is true that movements have arisen, the government isn't helping to solve the problem, and the pollution continues to worsen.

The pollution of the Ganges River. Image: https://weather.com/science/environment/news/india-ganges-river-pollution-20130416

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