India hosts 7 of 10 most polluted cities globally


India has received the dreadful distinction of having seven of its cities in the list of top 10 most polluted in the world, according to data compiled in the IQAir AirVisual 2018 World Air Quality Report on Tuesday.

Gurugram, located southwest of India’s capital New Delhi, holds the top position. The other Indian cities include Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Bhiwadi among the top five and Noida, Patna and Lucknow among the top 10. .

The index measures the presence of fine particulate matter known as PM2.5, a pollutant that can fester deep in the lungs and bloodstream of human beings, the release said.

According to Yeb Sano, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia“Air pollution steals our livelihoods and our futures but we can change that. In addition to human lives lost, there’s an estimated global cost of 225 billion U.S. dollars in lost labour, and trillions in medical costs. This has enormous impacts on our health and on our wallets“.