India tops World Health Organization's air pollution list

  • India tops World Health Organization's air pollution list

India tops World Health Organization's air pollution list

In a statement, the ministry said as most of the polluted cities lie around Delhi and along the Indo-Gangetic plain, it is critical that the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal are sensitised to take up urgent action on cleaning air. "The reason behind the increasing pollution in smaller cities like Jodhpur or Alwar is double trouble caused by increasing number of vehicles coupled with dust which is already existing in these cities,"said Vivek Chattopadhyaya, Senior Programme Manager (Air Pollution Control) at Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)".

The average PM 2.5 levels were, however, recorded at 143 micrograms per cubic metre - the worst since 2010, when Delhi was ranked as the most polluted city in the world with an average concentration of 141 micrograms per cubic metre.

The newspaper reports also highlight observations by various experts suggesting that action similar to that in Delhi and NCR be also taken in other polluted cities.

The WHO data also said that nine out of 10 people in the world breathe air containing high levels of pollutants.

The agency stated that until 2015 only one air pollution measuring station functioned in the country.

Similarly, for PM 10 the figures were 289 micrograms per cubic metre in the year 2016 and 268 micrograms per cubic metre in the year 2017.

Kanpur's average PM2.5 level in the same year was 173, which is 17 times higher than the WHO's safe limit.

The WHO report does not have the air quality report of 2017.

A spokesman for the government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said: "While air quality in the United Kingdom has improved significantly since 2010, this report from the WHO clearly shows the impact air pollution is having on the health of men, women and children in the United Kingdom and across the world".

"They provide feedback to improve the regulatory side of air-monitoring".

"Tackling this important issue is a priority for this government which is why we have a £3.5bn plan to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions and will set out further actions through a comprehensive Clean Air Strategy later this year". A non-attainment area is an area considered to have air quality worse than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

It also referred to the launch of a mobile app - SAMEER - for grievance redressal.