Burning Plastic Exacerbates Air Pollution
Toxic Dioxins Released in Air Risk Human Health and Reduce Crop Yields
Of the most polluted cities in the world, few stand so prominently as Delhi, India. In fact, the Indian capital — which is home to more than 7 million people — has gained notoriety as the “air pollution capital” of the world. Until recently, scientists have been puzzled as to why Delhi sees thicker smog than other cities with widespread pollution issues, like Beijing. But a new study published in Nature Geoscience has uncovered what is likely the x-factor: burning plastic waste.