In the face of extremely high levels of air pollution in the Indian capital city of New Delhi, authorities have taken the decision to ban the use of a large number of cars from 4 to 15 November. Those with a number plate ending in an odd number will not be allowed to drive there on 'odd' dates, and vice versa for even-numbered cars.
According to reporting by Reuters, the U.S. Embassy air quality index indicates a current level which can cause "serious aggravation of heart and lung disease, and premature mortality in people with existing diseases and the elderly". As this infographic shows, India as a whole has some of the most dangerously polluted air in the world. The Health Effects Institute's latest 'State of Global Air
' report calculates the estimated years of life expectancy lost due current air pollution levels, with India in place 8 and an average of 1.53 years cut due to PM2.5 exposure.