We live in a hi-tech era influenced by technology. The technological advancements and innovations made us overlook the importance of maintaining an Eco-friendly environment. As a result, we are exposed to pollution in various contexts. A recent report from World Health Organization revealed a shocking fact that air pollution has worsened in the past three years, as an indication of developing serious health ailments in the metro cities across the world.
Shockingly, more than 6 million people died due to air pollution in the year 2012, which is marked as the biggest environmental health risk by WHO. Air pollution kills more people than those are killed by AIDS and malaria combined.
The research was conducted in 1600 cities covering 91 countries. Shockingly, the people in the urban cities are exposed to a higher rate of air pollutant, which is 2.5 times higher than the recommended levels of fine air particles set by Air Quality Guidelines by WHO.
In addition, more than 50 percent of the world population lives in urban areas, exposed to greater risk of air pollution. Listing out the top six cities with worst air pollution in the world. After reading the list, we would completely regret for the same.
6 Cities With Worst Air Pollution In The World
The metropolis of India, the capital city leads the list of urban cities with higher rate of air pollution. Delhi has been marked a benchmark for various aspects, both positive and negative. Among the few negative concerns, air pollution adds to more concern. The major contributor to all pollution in the capital city could be mainly due to excessive vehicles and emissions from the industries.
WHO projected Delhi as a dangerous city to live. However, a health advocacy group and Pollution Control Board in Delhi condemned WHO results, which marked Delhi the dirtiest city.
However, it cannot be ignored that the level of air pollution during winter months are extremely higher due to extreme climatic conditions. Delhi, the most polluted city in the world!
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The state capital city of Bihar ranked second in the world cities exposed to high rate of air pollution. Unfortunately, the air pollution caused severe respiratory problems and even cardiac issues among the residents. The Bihar State Pollution Control Board itself declared that the rate of air pollution has been quite disturbing.
According to the results from pollution control board, Patna is exposed to Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter, which is three times higher than the tolerable level.
The third most polluted city in the world is Lucknow. (Congratulations and kudos to India for grabbing the first three ranks).
Similar to Patna, the suspended particulate matters are very high in Lucknow, which made the city exposed to severe air pollution. In fact, the air pollution led to severe chronic respiratory problems. However, the major reason due to air pollution in Lucknow is caused to inappropriate or careless emission of toxic fuels from industries.
Among the other cities with high rate of air pollution in the world, Ahmedabad is listed at fourth place. Owing to industrial development and dramatic increase in vehicles caused severe air pollution.
Karachi is ranked at fifth place among the top six polluted cities. The major cause of air pollution is emissions of vehicle. In fact the residents suffer many health ailments due to increased rate of suspended particulars in the air. Failure to take appropriate steps to control the menace could be very dangerous to the life of the people.
When we encounter Rawalpindi, we just can’t escape from thinking about Cricket! Unfortunately, recently, Rawalpindi is more now popular than cricket for its increase in air pollution.
WHO also cited the list of the countries with lowest level of air pollution. Canada, Finland, Sweden, United States, and Iceland are the top five countries with lowest air pollution rates.
The above mentioned are the cities with worst air pollution in the world and all of them are in Asia. Do you think Asians are not giving proper attention to pollution? Share your thoughts.