Turning Green

October 26, 2018
The Taj Mahal is in the city of Agra, India.
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India’s Taj Mahal is one of the most famous buildings on Earth. Tourists from around the world go to visit. But pollution is harming the white marble building. India’s government is scrambling to fix the problem.

“Earlier, it was turning yellow, and now it is becoming brown and green.” That’s what court justices in India said, according to the Times of India. “It is very serious.”

The Taj Mahal stands on the Yamuna River.

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Action Plan

The Taj Mahal is nearly 400 years old. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a monument to his wife. It sits on the polluted Yamuna River. The river attracts insects. They leave markings on the building. Air pollution is also harming the monument. India has some of the worst air pollution in the world.

Steps have been taken to preserve the Taj Mahal. Nearby factories have been closed. That improves air quality. And the Taj Mahal has gotten a serious cleaning.

But India’s Supreme Court is worried about the building’s future. Lawmakers have called for plans to protect the Taj Mahal. Those plans are due on November 15.

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