Nagpur, the third most polluting city in the state, saw a decrease in the pollutant's level - from 56.2 mpcm in 2017 to 46.6 mpcm in 2018. Gurugram becomes the world's most polluted city with an annual average PM 2.5 reading of 135.8 micrograms per cubic metre.
However, Delhi is ranked 11th in the list. 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. The annual permissible limits prescribed by the World Health Organization are even lower at 10ug/m3, says News18.
The WHO global air pollution database which listed 14 Indian cities among the 15 most polluted cities in the world a year ago, was a matter of shame for the country and its government. "We still don't know the magnitude of air pollution problem in terms of PM2.5 monitoring", he said. "In addition to human lives lost, there's an estimated cost of $225 billion in lost labor, and trillions in medical costs". "This has enormous impacts, on our health and on our wallets", says executive director of Greenpeace South East Asia, Yeb Sano.
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The 15 most polluted cities in Southeast Asia in 2018, with Hanoi in second place and Ho Chi Minh City in 15th. Mumbai emerged as the 27th most polluted city in the country. The top three is completed by Cluj-Napoca and the mountain city of Brasov, while the capital Bucharest is at number four.
With this record, China has set a benchmark in the world, from which India can take a lesson which is much needed right now.
Gurugram, in the National Capital Region, is the most polluted city in India and the world - with an average air quality index at 135.8, recorded previous year.
According to the report given out by Greenpeace, India has highlighted that the alarming increase in air pollution may cause 7 million premature deaths globally next year due to unequal distribution of PM2.5 particles contributing to air pollution.