India houses 7 out of 10 top polluting cities in the world

Vehicles drive through the smog in New Delhi in February 2019

Seven of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India, according to a new study by Swiss-based IQAir AirVisual and non-profit organisation Greenpeace. The other cities in India that made the list of 20 were Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Bhiwadi, Noida, Patna, Lucknow, Jodhpur, Muzaffarpur, Varanasi, Moradabad, Agra, Gaya and Jind.

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. 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.

But 47 capital cities were identified has having a "moderate" or worse risk of people developing health problems, with six ranking in the "unhealthy" category, meaning an 'increased likelihood of adverse effects and aggravation to the heart and lungs'.

The report said data was sourced from a range of government monitoring sources. It's evident that in addition to monitoring, there is a pressing need to set pollution reduction targets and consumption caps on polluting fuels such as coal, petroleum and diesel in the most polluted areas.

According to the World Bank, health-care costs and productivity loss from pollution covers almost 8.5% of gross domestic product in India. In fact, stubble burning contributing to pollution, has lead to economic loss of ₹ 2 trillion in India, annually.

Yeb Sano, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said: 'Air pollution steals our livelihoods and our futures, but we can change that. It is widely regarded as the pollutant with the most health impact of all commonly measured air pollutants.

The report also stated that the pollution level in South Asia is really serious.



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