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If you have too much smog then obviously you have too much pollution. Reduce the number of vehicles (or change to electric), put filters on your power plants, stop large amounts of open burning (that includes bodies).
All simple things but, as usual, something complicated and expensive will be tried instead.

All simple things but, as usual, something complicated and expensive will be tried instead.

All simple things but, as usual, something complicated and expensive will be tried instead.
Because electric cars, scrubbers, and cemetery space are all free right?
This is why global warming is not a problem. Because getting people to change their ways is “simple”. I mean why don’t we just tell people to not do activities that emit CO2. IT’S SIMPLE! SOOOO SIMPLE!
“Simple” != “Easy” != “Cheap”

why bother reducing emissions when you can just spawn cheat codes for rain? It’s like trying to fix a bug in your code by simply adding more comments.

why bother reducing emissions when you can just spawn cheat codes for rain? It’s like trying to fix a bug in your code by simply adding more comments.
i agree it’s not a solution but it’s still a worthy attempt at mitigation. i rather have those particulates washed into the sewer and eventually into the sea (which is bad) than floating in the air (which is arguably worse and also means they will eventually reach my breath). obviously the real solution is just stop polluting, but i don’t think people seriously consider that option.
on the other side i have to agree wholly: few things ever exasperated me like seeing useless comments in code.

on the other side i have to agree wholly: few things ever exasperated me like seeing useless comments in code.

on the other side i have to agree wholly: few things ever exasperated me like seeing useless comments in code.
// $name_of_variable contains the values of name_of_variable to be used by name_of_function to discover name_of_value * $name_of_multiplier.
Ah, Sim City, good times, good times.
In order to fight the pollution induced by roads, I replaced them all with railways. Citizens kept complaining about the lack of roads, but pollution was minimal.
Looks like they’re almost at “1948 in Pennsylvania” smog levels. Welcome to industrial progress. Hard to just skip over that part.
The real solution to US pollution was exporting the polluting activity to third world destinations.
Oh, and getting rid of the coal boilers that provided hot water for radiative heating.

Actually, thanks to technological progress, you kinda sorta can. And it’s already happening. It’s a funny experience, visiting an African village and seeing people charge their phones, run their appliances off a… PV panel, placed amidst clay huts, because that’s way cheaper than running an landline through jungle to nearest power plant.

Actually, thanks to technological progress, you kinda sorta can. And it’s already happening. It’s a funny experience, visiting an African village and seeing people charge their phones, run their appliances off a… PV panel, placed amidst clay huts, because that’s way cheaper than running an landline through jungle to nearest power plant.
That’s fine for a cell phone but won’t work for electric appliances like ovens, refrigerators, and so much else those with a line from a power plant have in their homes. If the cell phone battery runs low then that could mean no phones calls or video games until the sun comes out again. For a hospital or factory losing power because of a cloudy day means valuable items go to waste, or even people die. Maybe a home can do well enough with unreliable power with a mix of fossil fuel stoves, batteries charge

… rather than trying to cut off its source.

… rather than trying to cut off its source.
Politicians white-wash the problem instead of changing technology, manufacturing, laws and culture.
This is why climate change is unavoidable: Technically, it’s because the technology and manufacturing required to reverse it, is more than we can build. Practically, the problem will worsen because no-one wants to change.

Politicians white-wash the problem instead of changing technology, manufacturing, laws and culture.

Politicians white-wash the problem instead of changing technology, manufacturing, laws and culture.
Those who get elected to political office is a reflection on our culture, if they are white washing the problem then it is because we elected them to do that. The politicians we elect are writing the laws, so the laws are also a reflection of our culture. Our culture drives our technology, and our technology drives our culture. As a culture we developed the automobile and an interstate highway system, and from that flows a culture that produces an entire genre of storytelling around road trips. With thi
Politics. New Delhi is in a different province than the farmers burning their fields. Governed by different political parties who either are allied with or hate the party in charge at the federal level (the BJP).
Much of the farming in India is still done by beasts of burden. They didn’t have the “green revolution” like we did in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… [wikipedia.org]
If all you have are oxen to pull a plow then that makes it difficult to plow under the chaff from the previous harvest. Burning the chaff means not having to pick it all up and haul it away, and means keeping the valuable nutrients in that plant matter in the field. Not burning it means a lot more work to plow, and time is money. If India would have their own “green revolution” then they’d likely see much improved air quality. Big plows digging up acres upon acres of fields will sometimes kick up some dust, and we’ve seen air quality alerts from this every few years. That’s not ash and smoke though like in India, with all kinds of complex chemistry to it to irritate the lungs, it is dust that is irritating in its own way and only seems to happen when a dry period overlaps when the farmers are out in the field, not something that happens every year.
Then comes the tailpipe emissions from people mixing cooking kerosene with gasoline for their vehicles. This is illegal as the cooking fuel is subsidized while the gasoline is taxed to pay for roads and such. It’s nearly impossible to enforce the rules on paying the fuel tax so it is very common, and because it is so common that makes it difficult to enforce. Maybe India should reconsider their fuel taxes so people aren’t incentivized to burn kerosene in their gasoline engines, with the kerosene producing plumes of soot and smoke because the engines aren’t made to burn kerosene.
Oh, and plenty of people use kerosene for cooking because power outages are common. To cook by an electric stove requires a reliable supply of electricity, and if the power goes out in the middle of preparing a meal then that could mean a lot of wasted food and/or people getting sick. To mitigate against the power going out people cook with kerosene, and cooking with kerosene instead of natural gas or electricity will produce its own air quality problems.
The people battling with the air quality in India must know that what they are doing every day is creating this smog, but without some alternatives to basic needs like food and transportation they keep doing the same things in spite of it. They need some very fundamental changes to infrastructure and such to fix this, and that is going to take a lot of time and money. The USA got a kick start on their shift to industrial farming from World War 2. The rapid construction of factories during the war to make battle tanks and trucks meant that after the war there was an installed base of factories and labor to make tractors and such. The loss of a lot of farm boys to the war meant that there was a need to make up for manual labor with machines.
And starting to die at the center due to waste-product buildup. If they do not very fast do something effective about the root-causes (and it looks like they cannot or are unwilling), any measure they take now will just shift the inevitable by a small margin.
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