New Delhi is world’s most polluted capital

06 March, 2019, 15:37 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Study shows 7 of top 10 most polluted cities are in India; Gurgaon the worst

A new report by IQAir AirVisual has revealed that 15 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India. The economic cost is also tipped to be enormous: US$225 billion in lost labor and "trillions" in medical costs. Other Indian cities that made their way into the world's polluted cities list are Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Bhiwandi, Noida, Patna and Lucknow.

Myllyvirta also attributed South Asia's high population density as another contributing factor to the region's poor air quality.

Gurugram, in the National Capital Region, is the most polluted city in India and the world - with an average air quality index at 135.8, recorded a year ago.

"Beijing is showing us that it can be done, as have many other cities in Europe and the United States over past decades".

Seven of the world's 10 most polluted cities are in India. The reports highlight that 64% of these cities already exceed the current standards set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Air quality in cities in the U.S. and Canada were made dramatically worse by historic wildfires between August and November.

Study shows 7 of top 10 most polluted cities are in India; Gurgaon the worst

Gurgaon which is located in India's capital New Delhi, is the most polluted city in the world, according to data released by IQ Air Visual and Greenpeace.

He noted that burning fossil fuels is both the key driver of climate change and of air pollution worldwide, and that shifting atmospheric conditions have worsened air quality and amplified forest fires.

Meanwhile, hundreds of millions of people in Africa and South America were left in the dark because they do not have adequate equipment to monitor air quality. Accompanying the report is an extended display of all the cities on the most-polluted list and their relative air qualities across different regions and sub-regions in 2018.

AirVisual and Greenpeace said the reduction was a result of the "extensive monitoring networks" and effective "air pollution reduction policies" rolled out by Chinese authorities in recent years. "Communities and organizations from California to Kabul are supplementing governmental monitoring efforts with their own low-priced air quality monitoring networks, and are giving everyone access to more hyper-local information". It is widely regarded as the pollutant with the most health impact of all commonly measured air pollutants.

"We still don't know the magnitude of air pollution problem in terms of PM2.5 monitoring", he said.

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