WHO estimate on air pollution shows Indian cities are death traps

WHO estimate on air pollution shows Indian cities are death traps

by The Daily Eye Team May 23 2014, 5:47 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 47 secs

Analysis of database indicates that all 124 Indian cities assessed exceed the WHO guideline for particulate matter levels; Delhi, Patna exceed safe level prescribed by WHO by 15 times The latest urban air quality database released by WHO reconfirms what we already know?that most Indian cities are becoming death traps because of very high air pollution levels. India appears among the group of countries with highest particulate matter (PM) levels. Also, its cities have highest levels of PM10 and PM2.5 (particles with diameter of 10 microns and 2.5 microns) when compared to other cities. WHO?s urban air quality database covers 1,600 cities across 91 countries. The database shows Pakistan has the highest PM2.5 level of 101 microgramme/cubic metre (?g/cum), followed by Qatar, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Egypt, Mongolia, United Arab Emirates (range of 92 to 61 ?g/cum) and India with 59 ?g/cum. These countries have PM2.5 levels that exceed safe levels prescribed by WHO by 6 to 10 times.

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