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An article on rural outdoor air pollution in The Caravan!

Written by Sangita Vyas on May 31st, 2017

Until now, concern and action regarding outdoor air pollution in India have focused on Delhi and other large urban centers. However, 30 percent of Indians live in rural Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, which satellite images show falling under a cloud of smoke every winter. The article reports on what Nikhil and I experienced when we spent a week in Reusa block, Uttar Pradesh, last January.

Reusa has no air quality monitors. In fact, there are no government air quality monitors in rural India at all. But the portable air quality monitor that Nikhil and I took with us showed levels of air pollution that rivaled those of Delhi and Lucknow. Monitoring outdoor air quality in rural areas is essential for better understanding the problem, and bringing more attention to it’s scale.

Read the full article here.