New Delhi, March 5: Delhi has topped the list of the most polluted capital in the world while Gurugram has been ranked as the most polluted city in a recent study conducted by environment NGO Greenpeace India. According to reports, the national capital has been ranked first among 62 polluted cities in the report, Global Air Pollution 2018, a statement from the organisation stated. The report, which will be officially out on Tuesday, measures the air quality in terms of PM2.5 data as aggregated through the IQAir AirVisual platform in 2018. Delhi Air Pollution: Rising Vehicular Emission a Major Contributor in Deteriorating Air Quality in NCR.
While Delhi had an average yearly PM2.5 concentration at 113.5 micrograms per cubic metre, Dhaka was ranked the second-most polluted capital at 97.1 micrograms per cubic metre while Kabul was at the third position with 61.8 micrograms per cubic metre. Due to Air Pollution 89 Per Cent People in Delhi Feel Sickness or Discomfort : Study.
The report states that Delhi takes the 11th spot as the most polluted city while Gurugram tops the list of most polluted cities, with an annual average PM2.5 reading of 135.8 micrograms per cubic metre. Meanwhile, Ghaziabad is number 2 with 135.2 micrograms per cubic metre and Faisalabad in Pakistan is third with 130.4 micrograms per cubic metre. Delhi: AIIMS Launches Research Project on Air Pollution’s Impact on Public Health.
Here's the tweet by Greenpeace:
— Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) March 2, 2019
According to the report, Gurugram was reported to have the highest concentration of the pollutant at 135.8 micrograms per cubic metre followed by Ghaziabad with 135.2 micrograms per cubic metre. In Pakistan, Faisalabad accounted with 130.4 micrograms per cubic metre, less than what it is in both the cities of India. Other cities that feature in the report are Faridabad, Bhiwadi and Noida with 129.1, 125.4 and 123.6 micrograms per cubic metre respectively. The report shows that five of the top six cities in the list are in India while one is in Pakistan. Air Pollution Cuts Average Indian's Life Expectancy by Over 4 Years: Study.
"The real-time status of all included locations, together with many more, can also be explored through the IQAir AirVisual Air Quality Map, which brings together live air quality readings in one accessible place," the NGO said. The report said is based on air quality data collected in 2018 from public monitoring sources. The report stated that these sources include government monitoring networks as well as validated data from air quality monitors operated by private individuals and organisations.
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