World's most polluted capital cities revealed as Delhi is ranked worst

05 March, 2019, 21:43 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • A cyclist protects himself with a handkerchief against air-pollution as he rides through smog at ITO Bridge in New Delhi

Also, India still hosts 15 out of 20 most polluted cities in the world with Gurugram and Ghaziabad being the most polluted cities in the world followed by Faridabad, Bhiwadi and Noida being in top six with Delhi on the 11th spot.

The only non-Indian city in the top five list is Faisalabad, Pakistan.

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2018's World Air Quality Report was based on data gathered from over 3,000 cities around the globe.

Residents in India's capital city were exposed to more than ten times the safe amount of air pollution on an average day, a study has shown. The topper of the list and the victor of the "most polluted city" tag was Gurugram (or Gurgaon), which lies in the NCR region of the country.

Yeb Sano, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said: 'Air pollution steals our livelihoods and our futures, but we can change that.

Air pollution, both outside and inside homes, is a silent and prolific killer responsible behind the premature death of seven million people each year, including 6,00,000 children, says David Boyd, a United Nations expert on environment and human rights.

China made tremendous strides in its otherwise dismal showing in managing pollution figures, with as much as 12 per cent fall in average concentrations from the previous year. While, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Bahrain and Kuwait topped the chart, countries like Iceland, Finland, Estonia, Australia and Sweden were among the least polluted as per the 2018's World Air Quality Report.

This comes when India already has the most number of real-time data coverage centers, monitoring the air quality index around the country.

PM2.5 refers to particulate matter (ambient airborne particles) measuring up to 2.5 microns in size, and has a range of chemical makeups and sources.



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