Pollution Lockdown: India Shutters Coal-Fired Plants

Indian officials on Wednesday announced six of the eleven coal-fired power plants around New Delhi have been shut down in a bid to reduce air pollution, which has grown so oppressive that schools are closed, construction work has been banned, and a full lockdown of the city is under consideration.

Smoke rises from a coal-powered steel plant at Hehal village near Ranchi, in eastern state of Jharkhand, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. No country will see energy needs grow faster in coming decades than India, and even under the most optimistic projections part of that demand will have to be met …

China’s Coronavirus Crisis Pounds Coastal Resort City

Northeast China’s Dalian city documented 52 new coronavirus cases on Thursday — more than double the number of such infections detected a day earlier — prompting the coastal tourist hub and major port to “limit outbound travel, cut offline school classes, and close a few cultural venues,” Reuters reported Friday.

A health worker (C) in a protective suit takes a swab from a child to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus as the city carries out a mass testing program after new confirmed cases were found in Dalian, in northeastern China's Liaoning province on December 23, 2020. (Photo by STR / …