Environment & Energy Report

India’s Smog Is So Bad It’s Turning to Eco-Friendly Firecrackers

Oct. 30, 2018, 1:04 PM

The smog is so bad in India that the government is developing firecrackers that emit less pollution.

Scientists at the government-run Council of Scientific & Industrial Research Institute have created pyrotechnic prototypes that emit about 30 percent less particulate matter, India’s environment minister Harsh Vardhan said at an Oct. 29 briefing in New Delhi. Costs for consumers are estimated to be as much as 30 percent less than existing versions once commercialized.

“We are pursuing this aggressively with manufacturers,” Vardhan said.

But the eco-friendly firecrackers won’t be ready in time for Diwali next week, the annual Hindu festival of lights,...

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