Why air pollution in summer is a concern too + an update on coal mine expansions

While we worry about air quality in the winter, pollution levels in north India continue to be bad in the summer + the environment ministry rolls out further exemptions to the coal sector.

Air pollution in northern India is a famously seasonal affair. I’m speaking not of the actual pollution, but of the public discourse around it. In mid-October, the onset of winter coincides with the burning of paddy stubble in Punjab, Haryana and other states. Pollution sees a further spike during Diwali. These spikes provide an impetus to the government to frame new laws, the courts to pass directions in age-old air pollution cases, and media outlets to cover the story full-time. But by the end of December, the holiday cheer sets in and everybody forgets about air quality until the next …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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