New Delhi residents offered masks as the city chokes on smog

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NEW DELHI (AP) Volunteers took to the streets of India’s capital on Thursday, Nov. 8, fitting green pollution masks over the mouths of willing residents to make a statement about the city’s choking smog.

Not everybody wanted to play along and some batted the masks away.

Authorities closed schools and stopped most trucks from entering New Delhi during the week to try to mitigate what officials call a public health emergency.

New Delhi is one of the world’s most polluted cities. The worst air quality often hits this time of year while nearby farmers burn fields, people build street fires to keep warm, and winds die down.

Arun Bansal, who was helping coordinate Thursday’s effort, said the masks were not a solution but a means to help raise awareness of the problem.

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