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Why Delhi is blanketed with toxic smog

SMEA professor and associate director Nives Dolsak and co-authors recently wrote a piece for the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage about the extreme air pollution in India’s capital city, Delhi. The cause of the pollution is farmers in neighboring states burning straw from their last rice crop to clear fields for planting the wheat crop. What makes the situation more complicated is politicians are wary of trying to prevent crop burning because they don’t want to antagonize the powerful farm lobby, lose electoral support and set off political turmoil among regional and ethnic interests. 

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