India Today

NOXIOUS DISTINCTIO­N

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As per the World Air Quality Report 2021, India has 10 of the world’s top 15 most polluted places and another 53 in the top 100

No city in India has met the WHO air quality guideline of 5 µg/m3. In 2021, 48 per cent of India’s cities exceeded 50 µg/m3, or over 10 times the WHO guideline

Air pollution was responsibl­e for 1.67 million deaths in 2019 or 17.8 per cent of all deaths in India (2019), says the Lancet Planetary Health Report

Water pollution was responsibl­e for 1.4 million deaths and lead pollution caused 900,000 premature deaths, says the report

Between 2000 and 2019, economic losses caused by pollution are estimated to be 1 per cent of India’s GDP

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