South Asia has four most polluted countries

Greenhouse gases_Pollution_Air Pollution_Smog

New Delhi, home to more than 20 million people, was ranked at 11, making it the world's most polluted capital, ahead of Dhaka, in Bangladesh, and Kabul, in Afghanistan. Apart from this, Faridabad, Bhiwadi, and Noida take the next three spots with average PM 2.5 readings of 129.1, 125.4 and 123.6 micrograms per cubic metre, respectively.

India, the world's fastest-growing major economy, has not made much progress in terms of curbing air pollution even in 2018. "In addition to human lives lost, there's an estimated global cost of 225 billion dollars in lost labour, and trillions in medical costs", he added.

The report showed Bangladesh was the most polluted country on average, closely followed by Pakistan and India.

The report published by Greenpeace, India has highlighted that the alarming increase in air pollution may cause seven million premature deaths globally next year due to unequal distribution of PM 2.5 particles contributing to air pollution.

Delhi remains the most polluted capital across the world in 2018, as per a study conducted by the environment NGO Greenpeace.

Executive director of Greenpeace South East Asia, Yeb Sano said, "Local governments can help tackle the effects of air pollution by providing adequate monitoring and reporting infrastructure".

Gurugam topped the list as the world's most polluted city with PM2.5 soaring as high as 135.8 units in 2018.

Broadening the study to 3,000 cities located all around the world, they found that the worst offenders were in India and China. While Delhi is the most polluted capital, Gurugram tops the list of the most polluted cities in the world, according to a Greenpeace report.

"Air pollution steals our livelihoods and our futures, but we can change that. Common contributors of pollutants in South Asia include vehicle exhaust, open crop and biomass burning, industrial emissions and coal combustion", explains the report. According to independent clean air analyst Sunil Dahiya, the state needs to strengthen its ambient air quality monitoring network.

Average concentrations of the pollutant in Chinese cities fell by 12 percent from 2017 to 2018.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top British PM May promises 1.6 billion pound fund for Brexit-backing towns
Mar 06, 2019 - 15:02
Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London , March 5, 2019.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tottenham confirm double injury boost but defender misses Dortmund clash
Mar 06, 2019 - 14:58
Tottenham arrived in Dortmund with a 3-0 aggregate lead and predictably faced an early onslaught. Here are the player ratings for the Borussia Dortmund players from the game.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kylie Jenner becomes the world’s youngest self-made billionaire at age 21
Mar 06, 2019 - 14:42
She has attributed her rise up the rich list to her vast and dedicated following, telling Forbes: "It's the power of social media".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Klopp had not considered Liverpool needing to win remaining 11 matches
Mar 05, 2019 - 10:42
That's how it is. "I didn't think about City but it is of course what I expected". Manager Javi Gracia, however, tried to see past their Anfield mauling.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer silenced Highbury for Manchester United
Mar 05, 2019 - 09:26
Man United travel to Paris in order to take on PSG in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 this midweek. It went to the nearest point of where the bar and the post meet, making it so much harder for De Gea to get it.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Facebook is now rolling out a dark mode to Messenger users
Mar 05, 2019 - 07:58
It has to be the crescent moon emoji though, not the full moon. Let me know in the comments if you like the new mode or not.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Didn't discuss military drills in meetings with North Korea's Kim
Mar 05, 2019 - 07:02
Kim Jong Un himself said in our last meeting, you know, we're going to go through many stations before we achieve this deal. He also said the president acted irresponsibly with regard to North Korea's nuclear arsenal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Congress seeks info on private Trump-Putin chats
Mar 05, 2019 - 05:56
The committees ask for interviews with "linguists, translators or interpreters" who in any way listened to those conversations. The letters are just the first step in what's likely to be a lengthy process as the committee probes a wide range of issues .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss 'completely fine' chasing Manchester City for title
Mar 04, 2019 - 07:58
Liverpool were poor, with Mohamed Salah missing a number of opportunities at Goodison Park. "I believe 100 per cent in our chance. They also head into the final straight just one point adrift of a City team that is attempting to win an unprecedented quadruple.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sisters, 5 and 8, Found Alive in California Wildnerness After 44 Hours
Mar 04, 2019 - 07:53
California authorities have launched a massive search for two sisters aged 8 and 5 who went missing on March 1 from their home. We are so thankful for Delbert Chumley and Abram Hill from Piercy Volunteer Fire for assisting in this 44-hour search.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top JF-17, not F-16, used in air combat
Mar 04, 2019 - 06:59
Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir since their independence from British rule in 1947. A few hours later, Prime Minister Imran Khan took the nation into confidence over the armed forces' response.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Alabama sheriff: 14 dead in possible tornado
Mar 04, 2019 - 05:27
Severe weather unleashed one of numerous possible tornadoes that threatened the Southern United States on Sunday afternoon. Crews are searching a trail of destruction that is several miles long, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told WRBL-TV on Sunday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Venezuelan security officials sanctioned by US
Mar 04, 2019 - 05:22
The move sparked widespread civil unrest across Venezuela and Mr Guaido has faced difficulty cementing his position as president. Guaido says Maduro's exit would allow Venezuela to emerge from its political and humanitarian crisis with global support .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Messi-Ramos fight in the El Clasico clash at Santiago Bernabeu
Mar 03, 2019 - 11:07
Bale departed to whistles just after the hour, replaced by Marco Asensio, and Dembele should have finished it soon after. Lionel Messi later showed the referee that his teeth bled due to the challenge from Ramos.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NYC officials plead with Jeff Bezos to win back HQ2
Mar 03, 2019 - 10:26
New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo is aggressively working to bring Amazon back to New York after democratic socialist Rep. There's also an open letter published in today's Times , signed by politicians, businesses, and groups who support the deal.