Air pollution is the reason behind one out of every eight deaths in India, and yet researchers and policy makers don’t know much about it. Although the Delhi government has recently taken the first step towards exploring the pollutants in its air by deciding to conduct a joint study with scientists at Washington University, it’s still a drop in the ocean. And, this is the case not just in India, but all over the world.

To change this state of oblivion, researchers at Yale University used high-powered equipment to analyse air samples and they found that there’s more to a type of air pollution than we know from previous studies. They delved deep into the molecular makeup of organic aerosols, which are part of secondary particulate matter that are born out of the primary source air pollutants. Read More