New Delhi is world's most polluted capital, Beijing eighth

New Delhi is world's most polluted capital, Beijing eighth

New Delhi is world's most polluted capital, Beijing eighth

Greenpeace, in its report, warned the world against air pollution, which is likely to cause the death of an estimated seven million lives globally in the next year while costing the world's economy almost $225 billion.

According to data released by the non-profit organization, IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace, 15 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world belong to India.

In total, authors found that 64 per cent of world cities exceeded WHO guidelines, with 100 per cent of measured cities in the Middle East and Africa breaking the limit.

"The report is a reminder to us indicating that our efforts and actions to reduce the invisible killer, i.e., air pollution, are not enough and we need to do much more than already planned and done", said Pujarini Sen of Greenpeace India.

Pedestrians wearing face mask against air pollution walk on a road in heavy fog in Dalian city, northeast China's Liaoning province.

A new study has revealed that India accounts for seven of the 10 most polluted cities in the world, with Gurugram ranking as the worst in the world with highest level of pollutants.

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Gurugram, in Haryana, topped the list with an average annual particulate matter (PM 2.5) quality of 135 g/m3 (micrograms/cubic metre), in 2018.

What's adding more fuel to the fire are the amplifying effects of climate change on air pollution.

"The real-time status of all included locations, together with many more, can also be explored through the IQAir AirVisual Air Quality Map, which brings together live air quality readings in one accessible place", the NGO said.

"This [air pollution] has enormous impacts, on our health and on our wallets", said Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia Yeb Sano in a statement. Along with the death toll arising with these pollution figures, there's an estimated cost of Dollars 225 billion in lost labour and trillions in medical costs.

Average concentrations of the pollutant in Chinese cities fell by 12 percent from 2017 to 2018. The top three is completed by Cluj-Napoca and the mountain city of Brasov, while the capital Bucharest is at number four. To curb down the problem of poor air quality, the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forest has launched a programme called National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) in Jan 2019.

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