Toxic Air in India Worse Than Singapore Haze a Test for Modi

  • Smog from illegal farm fires shows task of enforcing curbs
  • Small-particle pollution 27 times safe level in Indian capital

Coal-fired power plant in Badarpur, Delhi. Photographer: Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg

The air pollution meter buzzed and spat out a stunning result: levels of PM2.5 -- tiny, toxic particles that lead to respiratory diseases -- were 27 times the safe limit near the Indian parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday morning.

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