WHO global air pollution database released in Geneva early Wednesday morning in Geneva which hit like a real shocker as not only 14 out of 15 most polluted cities in the world are from India but the top 14 cities are from India only. The fifteenth city on the list was Ali Subah Al-Salem (Kuwait) with PM 2.5 level of 94 micrograms per cubic metre. Kanpur is the most polluted city which came on top with PM 2.5 concentration of 173 micrograms per cubic metre.
India had 14 out of world’s 20 most polluted cities in terms of PM2.5 levels in 2016, says WHO. In terms of PM10 levels, 13 cities in India figure among the 20 most polluted cities of the world in 2016. The PM2.5 includes pollutants like sulfate, nitrate and black carbon, which pose the greatest risk to human health.
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Nine out of 10 people on the planet breathe polluted air, and it kills 7 million people each year, according to the WHO report.
The Report referred to India’s Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, which it said, in just two years, has provided 37 million women living below the poverty line with free LPG connection to support them to switch to clean household energy use.
“Air pollution does not recognise borders. Improving air quality demands sustained and coordinated government action at all levels,” the WHO said.
Let’s make our earth especially INDIA clean & geeen.