Indian capital New Delhi is more polluted city than Chinese capital Beijing, a study has revealed.
New Delhi, Jan 29/Nationalturk – A study of Yale University has found that Indian capital New Delhi is more polluted city than Chinese capital Beijing.
“India has the worst air pollution in the entire world, beating China, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh,” revealed the study released during this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos.
According to Indian TV channel, NDTV, India has been ranked 155 of 178 countries on the green index list.
‘Indian capital’s air pollution twice that of Beijing’
“Indian capital New Delhi’s air pollution is twice that of Beijing, which often witnesses infamous smog hang low over the city for days. Delhi’s air pollution levels have risen an alarming 44 per cent since last year,” reveals the study.
It further discloses that Indian capital’s pollution is caused mainly by vehicular and industrial emissions.
1400 vehicles are added to Delhi roads every day. High pollution levels have led to an increase in smog and cold in the past few winters. The pollution is a health problem. About two in every five people in Delhi complain of respiratory problems.
‘’India worse in all BRICS nations’
On the green index, India is worse than all the other BRICS nations – China, Brazil, Russia and South Africa. China ranks at 118; South Africa is the best of these at 72.
The report has found that India and China the worst performers globally with respect to two air pollution indicators – average exposure and average accidence.
India has also been found to perform below the global average on biodiversity and habitat protection
India’s low Gross Domestic Product or GDP and high population has been found to heighten India’s environmental challenge.
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