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Air pollution is a public bad | Sangita Vyas | Scroll

Elections are underway in five states in India, and one issue that is glaringly missing from campaigns is deadly air pollution. Sangita discusses why this could be the case in an article published in Scroll.

One reason could be because people who would be more vocal about demanding better air from the government have purchased private solutions such as air purifiers and masks to protect themselves against air pollution. However, research published by r.i.c.e. in December shows that while these private solutions are certainly better than nothing, the only way to really protect oneself is through public action that reduces outdoor pollution levels.