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India home to most polluted cities in World, says WHO

India home to most polluted cities in World, says WHO
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India Home to Most Polluted Cities in World, Says WHO. India’s high air pollution is among the worst in the world and reduced most Indian lives by...

India’s high air pollution is among the worst in the world and reduced most Indian lives by over three years. World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that a whopping 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world were in India.

A new study study by economists from the University of Chicago, Harvard and Yale published in Economic & Political Weekly, says that over 50%of India’s population — 660 million people — live in areas where fine particulate matter pollution is unsafe.

If India reverses this trend to meet its air standards, those 660 million people would gain about 3.2 years onto their lives. In other words, the compliance with Indian air quality standards would save 2.1 billion life years, it said.

One initial step would be to increase its monitoring efforts and take advantage of new technology that allows for real-time monitoring, the authors said.

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