India Now Has the World's Worst Air Pollution

  • India Now Has the World's Worst Air Pollution

India Now Has the World's Worst Air Pollution

India's vehicle makers and dealers on Thursday called for a clear, nationwide policy to combat air pollution, after a crackdown on diesel cars and trucks in New Delhi, which campaigners have vowed to extend to other cities.

The bad news on the pollution front continues: India's air now rivals China's as the world's deadliest, according to a new study published on Tuesday amid warnings that efforts to curb pollution from coal won't yield results any time soon.

So, umm. that's good news?

India's death toll is second to China's and both the countries together amount to more than half of the world's deaths from pollution.

India has recorded a almost 50 per cent increase in premature deaths linked to PM2.5 - fine particles that lodge deep in the lungs - between 1990 and 2015, the report found. The Health Effects Institute HEI where the study was carried out, "We are seeing increasing air pollution problems worldwide, and this new report and website details why that air pollution is a major contributor to early death", said Dan Greenbaum, president of the institute. Yet a rep for the Public Health Foundation of India says the government isn't taking action. This, coupled with a growing population, more wealth leading to greater auto ownership, and an aging population more likely to suffer from the effects of air pollution, are reasons why India is suffering so much.

"India can't afford to remain complacent or in denial".

The same statistic applies for China as well, but the country has taken numerous measures to keep a check on carbon emissions and also to stabilize the level of air particulates in the atmosphere.

Asked if there was a plan, Nadda said, "We are working on it".

The institute, which has also launched an online database showing an impact of pollution on health, said this is so because 92 per cent of the world's population lives in areas with polluted air.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection has ordered 20 cities surrounding Beijing whose smog is exacerbating chronic pollution in the Chinese capital to implement coordinated air-pollution controls. When it comes to taking steps to check smoke from different sources, and dust flying around, much of what India has done may be summed up as hot air. "Nowhere is that risk more evident than in the rapidly growing economies of Asia".