Delhi Most Polluted Capital, Gurugram Worst City: Greenpeace Study

Air pollution Gurugram Noida among 7 Indian cities in world's 10 most polluted

Topping a different list in the same report by Greenpeace is Gurugram, as the most polluted city in the world. Pakistan's Faisalabad was the only non-Indian city in the top 5, with Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Bhiwadi making the cut. Shockingly - or maybe we really shouldn't be that surprised - India hosts 15 of the world's 20 most polluted cities.

"Air pollution steals our livelihoods and our futures", Yeb Sano, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said in a statement. In addition to human lives lost, there's an estimated global cost of $225 billion in lost labour, and trillions in medical costs.

In urban areas, there is a strong correlation between transportation and industry and air pollution, it said. 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.

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

The index determines and evaluates the presence of fine particulate matter called PM2.5 - a pollutant that can rankle deep in the lungs along with bloodstream of humans.

Greenpeace released the latest air pollution data today with a warning that seven million people will die around the world over the next year because of air pollution. A report by Bloomberg shared a Greenpeace study (2018) on just how bad the air is.

"The biggest sources are generally household emissions, industrial emissions. and transport", he told Al Jazeera.

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

The positive news was that air quality in Beijing has got better.

South Asia has the highest population density of any region within Asia, which itself is the most densely populated continent on earth. The programme launched this January aims to reduce air pollution by 20-30% from the current level in 102 cities across the country by 2024.

"We are enduring this but our bodies are still suffering from it".

Average concentrations of the pollutant in Chinese cities fell by 12 percent from 2017 to 2018. As a whole, India stands third among the most polluted countries in the world, after Pakistan and Bangladesh. According to independent clean air analyst Sunil Dahiya, the state needs to strengthen its ambient air quality monitoring network.

"China's skies remain grey but progress is impressive".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top EU’s Barnier to meet UK Brexit negotiators on Tuesday
Mar 06, 2019 - 15:01
If it is rejected again, lawmakers will vote on whether to leave the European Union without an agreement or seek to delay Brexit . And there are a variety of views within the ERG itself, with some leading figures taking a more hardline approach than others.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Harry Redknapp thinks Tottenham are getting worse
Mar 06, 2019 - 14:56
It was virtually Dortmund against Lloris in the first half and Tottenham owed their victory largely to their goalkeeper.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top House Democrat predicts request for Trump tax returns in two weeks
Mar 06, 2019 - 14:56
Mueller is investigating Russian intervention in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russia. Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump , a White House senior adviser, was not on the Judiciary panel's list.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Granit Xhaka: Champions League would be big step for this Arsenal
Mar 06, 2019 - 14:55
Granit Xhaka has insisted Arsenal's priority this season is to finish in the top four rather than win the Europa League. He added: "I prepared myself to (start all three)".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jose Mourinho gives verdict on Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea stint
Mar 06, 2019 - 14:41
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is convinced the Maurizio Sarri-Kepa Arrizabalaga saga was down to a genuine misunderstanding. Now the situation is closed. "He will learn in time, the second season will be better for him", Mourinho told beIN Sports.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kylie Jenner is Forbes' youngest self-made billionaire
Mar 06, 2019 - 14:40
The social media personality made the cut as Forbes Magazine released its 2019 World Billionaires list on Tuesday, March 5. Kylie happens to be the youngest among the Kardashian sisters who happen to be reality television stars.

Trump celebrates North Dakota State football champs with fast food
Mar 05, 2019 - 11:07
Back in January, President Donald Trump served the national champion Clemson Tigers football team an array of lukewarm fast food. North Dakota State closed out the 2018 season with a 15-0 record.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Democrats' goal in Trump probe: proving obstruction, collusion
Mar 05, 2019 - 07:43
Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team are expected to finish their investigation and issue a report in the coming weeks. Williams said if Trump kept defending them , they would keep defending him.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump blames Cohen testimony for failure of summit with North Korea
Mar 05, 2019 - 06:59
These projects provided much-needed cash to North Korea before the South shut them down during past periods of tensions. Bolton spoke on " Fox News Sunday ", CNN's "State of the Union" and CBS's " Face the Nation ".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fans react as Klopp blames the wind for THIRD time this season
Mar 04, 2019 - 07:57
They also head into the final straight just one point adrift of a City team that is attempting to win an unprecedented quadruple. The Liverpool boss has to be concerned about their recent form - it's really not an ideal time in the season to be slipping up.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Anger over 'forced' video of Indian pilot amid new Kashmir deaths
Mar 04, 2019 - 06:55
On the Indian side, a woman and her 2 children died after their house was pulverized by a mortar shell. India blamed Pakistan for backing the freedom fighters and vowed to take revenge.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Snowbound Man Survives for 5 Days on Taco Bell Hot Sauce Packets
Mar 04, 2019 - 06:40
An Oregon Water Resouce SnowCat with one DCSO SAR member responded to the location and made contact with Jeremy and his dog Allie. Jeremy Taylor woke on Tuesday to find more snow had covered his auto .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top More than a dozen people killed in tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia
Mar 04, 2019 - 06:12
The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado while surveying damage Saturday north of Abbeville from a severe thunderstorm. Authorities were prioritizing search and rescue efforts on Sunday evening, he said, but were hampered by the dwindling light.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cohen’s testimony brings Trump Organization CFO - and his family
Mar 04, 2019 - 05:32
Rolf Zettersten, the publisher working with Cohen at the time, has said that he never received any manuscript from Cohen. Trump did not say whether the order has been drafted, and the White House did not make a statement.

US lawmakers to demand documents in sweeping Trump probe
Mar 04, 2019 - 03:56
"We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption. and into obstruction of justice", Nadler said . Nadler said the committee on Monday would release the list of people and organizations it would be requesting documents from.