Lucknow world's 7th most polluted

Randy Kelley
May 4, 2018

The report has been made on the basis of the global urban air pollution database that measured the levels of fine particulate matter PM 10 and PM 2.5 which means particles smaller than 10 or 2.5 micrometres, respectively in different cities of the world.

In 2016 alone, outdoor, or ambient, air pollution caused some 4.2 million deaths, while household air pollution from cooking with polluting fuels and technologies caused an estimated 3.8 million deaths in the same period. "The pollution levels have been increasing over the years and if this is not checked, Lucknow may become the most polluted city in the world".

However, Delhi has improved in terms of pollution with the city's PM 2.5 annual average being 143 micrograms per cubic metre.

These are the above cities which were listed as the most polluted.

Data from 2012 shows the United Kingdom death rate for air pollution was well below the European average, and only a fifth of that seen in India and a sixth of that in China.

While Delhi's air quality, according to the latest World Health Organization database for 2016, is at its worst, pollution bodies and the environment ministry say it's not a true reflection of the current reality because several measures and actions were taken in 2017, including implantation of the Graded Response Action Plan. Kanpur is the most polluted city in the world.

Patna: The capital of Bihar has been ranked the fifth most polluted in the world in terms of both PM10 and PM2.5 levels.

"As a resident of the city it makes me sad and appalled but this ranking should at least wake up the government and citizens to take some immediate steps to end the pollution", 55-year-old Kanpur resident Ramesh Soni told AFP.

"Many of the world's megacities exceed WHO's guideline levels for air quality by more than 5 times, representing a major risk to people's health", Maria Neira, director of the Department of Public Health, Social and Environmental Determinants of Health at WHO, said, adding, there is an acceleration of political interest to deal with this global public health challenge. A lot of them are the African and Asian countries. "If we don't take urgent action on air pollution, we will never come close to achieving sustainable development", said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO.

During these months, in addition to local emissions, there was a substantial contribution from regional sources, including smoke due to stubble burning in neighbouring states and dust from the Gulf countries, it said.

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