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Schools shut amid health emergency as smog blankets India's capital

Schools shut amid health emergency as smog blankets India's capital

A public health emergency was declared as choking smog blanketed New Delhi on Tuesday, with authorities ordering the temporary closure of all primary schools in the world's most polluted capital city.

Indian capital wakes up to 'hazardous' smog

Indian capital wakes up to 'hazardous' smog

Delhi's air quality typically worsens ahead of the onset of winter as cooler air traps pollutants near the ground, preventing them from dispersing into the atmosphere.

New Delhi shuts power plant in fight against Diwali smog

New Delhi shuts power plant in fight against Diwali smog

New Delhi experiences suffocating smog every year around Diwali, when farmers in north India burn the stubble left behind after the harvest and revellers let off smoke-spewing firecrackers.

Smoggy Beijing to cut coal use 30% this year

Smoggy Beijing to cut coal use 30% this year

Chinese capital Beijing will intensify its battle against choking air pollution this year and aims to cut coal use by 30%, state news agency Xinhua cited mayor Cai Qi as saying.

Europe chokes under freezing smog

Europe chokes under freezing smog

Heavy pollution enveloping much of Europe prompted emergency measures across the continent on Tuesday.

Beijing enjoys brief respite, but smog returning Tuesday

Beijing enjoys brief respite, but smog returning Tuesday

Heavy smog that blanketed parts of China at the weekend cleared somewhat on Monday, but it was likely only to be a brief respite with more choking smog expected to return within 24 hours.

China's smoggiest city shuts schools amid public anger

China's smoggiest city shuts schools amid public anger

China's smoggiest city closed schools on Wednesday as much of the country suffered its sixth day under an oppressive haze, sparking public anger about the slow response to the threat to children's health.

China chokes under heavy smog with worse ahead

China chokes under heavy smog with worse ahead

Hospital visits spiked, roads were closed and flights cancelled on Monday as China choked under a vast cloud of toxic smog, with forecasters warning worse was yet to come.

China wants 23 cities put on red alert for smog

China wants 23 cities put on red alert for smog

Environmental authorities in China have advised 23 northern cities to issue red alerts, the highest possible air pollution warning, on Friday evening, against the "worst" smog the country has experienced since autumn.

Beijing issues red alert for severely high air pollution

Beijing issues red alert for severely high air pollution

Beijing city government has issued a red alert for severely high levels of air pollution in the city for three days from December 17 to 21, according to a post on the Beijing environmental protection bureau's official Weibo account.

Unruly drivers undermine Paris pollution ban

Unruly drivers undermine Paris pollution ban

French police struggled to impose anti-pollution measures on motorists around Paris on Thursday as the city remained shrouded in smog during its worst winter pollution in 10 years.

India capital to install roadside air purifiers to cut smog

India capital to install roadside air purifiers to cut smog

Delhi's government announced Friday that it will install air purifiers and a mist-making device at major road intersections in the Indian capital to curb choking levels of pollution.