"Delhi Closes Over 1,800 Schools in Response to Dangerous Smog"

"NEW DELHI — For the first time ever, more than 1,800 public primary schools in India’s capital will close on Saturday to protect children from exposure to dangerous levels of air pollution, the authorities said on Friday.

The decision affects more than a million children.

A thick, acrid smog has settled over the capital over the past week, a combination of smoke from burning crops in surrounding agricultural states, fireworks on the Hindu festival of Diwali, dust and vehicle emissions.

Levels of the most dangerous particles, called PM 2.5, reached 600 micrograms per cubic meter in different parts of the city this week, according to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee."

Suhasini Raj and Ellen Barry report for the New York Times November 4, 2016.

Source: NY Times, 11/07/2016