Environment & Energy Report

India Court Says No Nationwide Firecracker Ban as Smog Worsens

Oct. 23, 2018, 3:01 PM

India’s top court declined to ban the sale of fire crackers across the country but imposed some restrictions on their purchase and use, as the South Asian nation struggles to battle the world’s worst air pollution.

The decision reverses last year’s blanket ban on selling firecrackers in the capital, New Delhi and nearby cities that activists had hoped would be extended across the country. The Supreme Court’s decision comes before the annual Diwali festival in early November, when millions of citizens burst firecrackers that dramatically worsens the air quality.

As winter sets in across north India, air pollution levels—including fine...

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