This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Smog and pollution from a trash-filled, sewage-laden river is discoloring one of the seven Wonders of the World.

The Taj Mahal’s white marble is turning a hazy shade of yellowish green due to pollution from the surrounding city of Agra, environmental lawyers recently informed India’s Supreme Court.

India’s iconic white marble mausoleum is on the outskirts of the eighth-most polluted city in the world. Thick smog from the numerous factory smoke stacks in Agra is fading the monument’s pearly sheen. And just feet from the Taj Mahal is the shore of the Yamuna River — a murky sludge that is filled with garbage and sewage from the residents of nearby Agra — which attracts millions of bugs whose excrement then further stains the monument’s once pristine marble.

The city’s congested roads wind around the Taj Mahal creating more clouds of pollution, and a bevy of nearby construction projects are also contributing to the landmark’s rapid discoloring.

Environmentalists and conservationists have warned of the monument’s yellowing for decades. The lawyer who presented the recent case to the Supreme Court of India, M.C. Mehta, has been fighting to preserve the Taj Mahal for 30 years. “If the Indian scientists and the [conservationists] can’t do the things, they should be able to contact foreign experts or conservationists, those who can come and they will be readily happy to help,” he told the court.

So far, the best restorers have been able to do is to slowly scrub the monument with a clay mineral paste that is supposed to help remove the stains without damaging the marble. But it is unclear if the government would take further action to help preserve the Taj Mahal’s original color.

The iconic monument, on many globetrotters’ travel bucket lists, was built in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial and final resting place for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

H/T: Reuters

The Business Platinum® Card from American Express

Aside from the 75,000 points welcome bonus, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more, earn 5x on flights and eligible hotels at Amextravel.com and cardholders will receive a $200 airline fee credit each year.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Welcome Offer: Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That's 1.5 points per dollar, on each eligible purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
  • 35% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 35% of the points back, up to 500,000 bonus points per calendar year.
  • Enroll to get up to $200 in statement credits annually by getting up to $100 semi-annually for U.S. purchases with Dell. Terms apply.
  • Get one year of Platinum Global Access from WeWork. With this membership, you can access 300+ premium, inspiring workspaces in 75+ cities. To get this exclusive offer, enroll between 2/15/2019 and 12/31/2019.
  • Terms Apply
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
N/A
Annual Fee
$595
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.