Delhi Smog

For Delhi’s Traffic Police, More Air Means More Problems

Have you have ever wondered about the effects of Delhi’s air on people who work outdoors? How about Delhi’s traffic police? We sure have at Smart Air, and we have been waiting for research to catch up with our ruminations. A study on Delhi’s traffic police officers, published in January 2017, finally provides some answers – though pessimistic […]

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Air pollution can break your heart

For years, air pollution has been linked to heart disease but scientists haven’t been able to understand how, exactly, it breaks your heart. Last week, researchers in the U.S. released results from a long-term study that shed light; they found that air pollution thickens blood and hardens arteries, accelerating atherosclerosis — a disease in which plaque (calcium, […]

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How visible is India’s air pollution?

Much too visible, according to Astronaut Scott Kelly, who is finishing up his year onboard the International Space Station. On January 12th, Kelly posted the following picture, which shows northern Uttar Pradesh on the left, and the Himalayas and Nepal on the right. In December 2014, NASA released a similar picture highlighting the difference in pollution between […]

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