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  • India was house to 35 of the world’s 50 most polluted cities in 2020.
  • Air air pollution triggered 54,000 untimely deaths in New Delhi.
  • New Delhi’s common PM2.5 annual focus in a cubic meter of air was 84.1.

NEW DELHI: Delhi was the world’s most polluted capital for the third straight 12 months in 2020, in keeping with IQAir.

IQAir is a Swiss group that measures air high quality ranges primarily based on the focus of lung-damaging airborne particles generally known as PM2.5.

India was house to 35 of the world’s 50 most polluted cities, in keeping with IQAir’s 2020 World Air High quality Report, which gathered information for 106 nations.

The findings have been primarily based on the nation’s annual common of particulate matter PM2.5, airborne particles with lower than 2.5 microns in diameter. Extended publicity to PM2.5 can result in lethal ailments, together with most cancers and cardiac issues.

In 2020, New Delhi’s common annual focus of PM2.5 in a cubic meter of air was 84.1, the examine stated, greater than double the extent of Beijing, which averaged 37.5 through the 12 months, making it the 14th most polluted metropolis on this planet.

Air air pollution triggered an estimated 54,000 untimely deaths in New Delhi in 2020, in keeping with a current examine by Greenpeace Southeast Asia Evaluation and IQAir.

Regardless of an 11% discount within the annual common of PM2.5 ranges resulting from nationwide coronavirus lockdown curbs imposed final 12 months, India emerged because the world’s third most polluted nation after Bangladesh and Pakistan.

“Air pollution in India is still dangerously high,” the report stated.

In 2020, South Asia endured a number of the world’s worst air high quality on file, it stated.

Final 12 months, Delhi’s 20 million residents, who breathed a number of the cleanest air on file in summer time months because of the lockdown curbs, battled poisonous air in winter, following a pointy enhance in farm hearth incidents within the neighbouring state of Punjab.

Because the burning of crop stubble peaked, Delhi’s PM2.5 ranges averaged 144 micrograms per cubic metre in November and 157 micrograms per cubic metre in December, exceeding the World Well being Organisation’s annual publicity guideline by greater than 14 instances, it stated.

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