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“New Delhi’s notorious smog levels are about to get far worse, as they do around this time every year, as Indians gear up to celebrate Diwali (or Deepavali) — the annual festival of lights. The Indian capital’s meteorological department warned citizens with heart and lung ailments to stay indoors this week because of “severe” pollution from the widespread bursting of firecrackers, which is customary during the festival, according to the Press Trust of India…The haze will be particularly bad on Nov. 12 and 13, with the concentration of pollution-related particles — PM2.5 and PM10 — projected to increase by 148% and 170% respectively. Time. Read it on

New Delhi Warned of ‘Severe’ Pollution During India’s Diwali Festival