Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 11.02.10 PMOutgoing New Delhi-based South Asia correspondent for the New York Times, Gardiner Harris, writes a personal account of the impact of Delhi’s air pollution on his family, and especially his young son.

“…Foreigners have lived in Delhi for centuries, of course, but the air and the mounting research into its effects have become so frightening that some feel it is unethical for those who have a choice to willingly raise children here. Similar discussions are doubtless underway in Beijing and other Asian megacities, but it is in Delhi — among the most populous, polluted,unsanitary and bacterially unsafe cities on earth — where the new calculus seems most urgent. The city’s air is more than twice as polluted as Beijing’s, according to the World Health Organization. (India, in fact, has 13 of the world’s 25 most polluted cities, while Lanzhou is the only Chinese city among the worst 50; Beijing ranks 79th.)”The New York Times. Read it on

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