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The world's dirtiest air is in India, East Asia News & Top Stories

06 Марта 2019

Twenty-two of the world's 30 worst cities for air pollution are in India, according to a new report, with Delhi again ranked the world's most polluted capital.

The positive news was that air quality in Beijing has got better. Out of the 20 most polluted cities worldwide, 18 were in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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.

"In addition to human lives lost, there's an estimated cost of US$225 billion (S$305 billion) in lost labour, and trillions in medical costs". 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.

"This has enormous impacts, on our health and on our wallets", Yeb Sano, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said in a statement released with the figures.

PM2.5, or particles of 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter, is so risky because it lodges deep in the lungs.

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Another global study has said it yet again.

In India, South Asia's most populous country with about 1.3 billion people, researchers warned that current levels of air pollution represented a "public health emergency" requiring a "full emergency mode" response from local and national authorities.

Seven of the top 10 polluted cities in 2018 were in India, including Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Bhiwandi, Noida, Patna and Lucknow. However, the number of Chinese cities with high pollution is still substantial.

Globally, the alarming increase in air pollution is expected to cause 7 million premature deaths in the next year.

The calculations were made considering the presence of Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 in the atmosphere and 3000 cities were evaluated.

The ranking - a one of its kind study that relies on ground-based sensors located in 3,000 cities from 73 countries - was compiled by IQAir Group, a manufacturer of air-monitoring sensors as well as purifiers and environmentalist group Greenpeace.

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