North Indian Cities Fail To Meet Air Quality Standards

North Indian Cities Fail To Meet Air Quality Standards.

2016 Indian air quality has again deteriorated further as reported by recently by Greenpeace. It is a national problem that is killing 1.2 million Indians every year and costing the economy an estimated 3% of GDP. Data gathered by Greenpeace India from state pollution control boards shows that there are virtually no places in India complying with WHO and National Ambient Air Quality (NAAQ) standards, and most cities are critically polluted. Except for a few places in Southern India which complied with NAAQ standards, the entire country is experiencing a public health crisis due to high air pollution levels. India’s air pollution has become a public health and economic crisis. There are increasing numbers of people who die prematurely every year with the increasing pollution levels. Deaths due to air pollution are only a fraction less than the number of deaths caused by tobacco usage. Global Burden of Disease (GBD), a comprehensive regional and global research programme including 500 researchers representing over 300 institutions and 50 countries, has estimated that 3283 Indians died per day due to outdoor air pollution in India in 2015. On the economic front, loss of productivity and the forced closures of schools and industries have already started impacting our economy.

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