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Pakistan’s Lahore named ‘world’s most polluted city’ as residents choke in smog

SCMP, 17 Nov 2021
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The Pakistani city of Lahore has been named the ‘world’s most polluted city’ by an air- quality monitoring platform. The dubious title, announced on November 17, 2021, comes as calls grow from residents for officials to find solutions even as the megacity remains blanketed in stagnant clouds of acrid smog. Lahore’s air quality has worsened in recent years due to low-grade diesel fumes and crop-burning. But authorities blame neighbouring India as the source of the pollution, claiming air-quality figures have been exaggerated.

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