Indian Cities Have World’s Worst Air Pollution; South Asia Worst Region, Report Shows

Al Jazeera: India has the world’s worst air pollution: report
“Seven of the world’s 10 worst polluted cities are in India, a new study has revealed, with wider South Asia home to scores more blighted by dirty air…” (Child, 3/5).

New York Times: South Asia Is Smothered in Toxic Air, Report Finds
“…India holds 15 of the top 20 spots in that category, according to the report, which was released this week by Greenpeace and IQAir AirVisual, a software company that tracks air quality data. The Pakistani city of Lahore and Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, also made the top 20, making South Asia — where governments are routinely criticized for failing to limit emissions and coal use — an especially toxic region…” (Schultz, 3/5).

Reuters: New Delhi is world’s most polluted capital, Beijing eighth
“…New Delhi’s toxic air is caused by vehicle and industrial emissions, dust from building sites, [and] smoke from the burning of rubbish and crop residue in nearby fields. The city’s average annual concentration of PM2.5 in a cubic meter of air was 113.5 in 2018, the groups said in their report, more than double the level of Beijing, which averaged 50.9 during the year, making it the eighth most polluted in the world…” (Bhardwaj, 3/5).

VOA News: Report: New Delhi Ranked World’s Most Polluted Capital City
“… ‘Air pollution is the greatest environmental risk to health today, estimated to contribute to 7 million premature deaths every year,’ the report said. ‘Polluted air presents the world’s 4th leading contributing cause of early deaths, and burdens the global economy with an estimated annual cost of $225 billion’…” (3/5).