Thursday, 21 March, 2019

22 of world's 30 most polluted cities are in India, Greenpeace says

A cyclist protects himself with a handkerchief against air-pollution as he rides through smog at ITO Bridge in New Delhi A cyclist protects himself with a handkerchief against air-pollution as he rides through smog at ITO Bridge in New Delhi | PTI
Cary Marshall | 05 March, 2019, 21:40

According to a new study, Gurugram which is located in India's capital New Delhi, was the most polluted city in the world.

A recent study by Greenpeace has revealed that India ranks third on the world's list of most polluted countries.

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The report was published by IQ AirVisual and Greenpeace which calculated the average amount of PM2.5 air pollution in each city over the course of 2018 using publicly available records updated in real time.

The index measures the presence of fine particulate matter known as PM2.5, a pollutant that can aggravate deep in the lungs and bloodstream of human beings.

New Zealand's capital city of Wellington tied with Ottawa, Canada, as the least polluted, falling well under World Health Organization guidelines for safe amounts of air pollution.

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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 past year. Dhaka is the most polluted city of Bangladesh and its global ranking is 17, with a PM 2.5 2018 average of 97.1.

The 2018 World Air Quality Report was based on information from over 3,000 cities.

When ranked by country, Bangladesh emerged as the most polluted followed by Pakistan and India respectively.

Stressing on the world economy Yeb Sano, Executive Director of Greenpeace South East Asia said "Air pollution steals our livelihoods and our futures, but we can change that". IQAir AirVisual has included data from air quality monitors operated by private organisations and individuals.

Air pollution is likely to cause the death of almost seven million people around the world in the next year and will cost around $225 billion to the global economy, he added.

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