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Air pollution in India

The Annual Report of World Air Quality released by IQ Air has revealed that although air quality has improved in the years 2019 and 2020 yet air pollution in India is dangerously high.

According to a press release, South Indian cities have recorded better air quality, they still remain above the WHO’s daily limit of 25 ug/m3 during most parts of 2020.

Who is IQ Air ?

It is a Swiss air quality technology company which is specialized in protection against airborne pollutants, developing air quality monitoring and air cleaning products.

World Air Quality Report 2020

  • · India is the 3rd most polluted country in the World.

  • · Most polluted capital in the World is Delhi and ranks 10th most polluted city in he world.

  • · 22 out of World’s most polluted cities are in India.

  • · Not even a single Indian city has met the prescribed annual limit of 10ug/m3.

  • · Air quality of 63% Indian cities has shown improvements as compared to 2019.

  • · It showed that the major sources of air pollution include transportation, biomass burning for cooking, power generation, industry, construction, waste burning and episodic agricultural burning.

  • · The transportation sector is considered as the major contributors to India’s PM 2.5 emission across cities.

CEO of IQ Air, Frank Hammes stated, “the year 2020 brought an unexpected dip in air pollution. In 2021, we will likely see an increase in air pollution due to human activity, again. We hope this report will highlight that urgent action is both possible and necessary to combat air pollution, which remains the world’s greatest environmental health threat.”

Conventions and legislation on prevention of Air Pollution

· The Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, 1983 [CLRTAP]

· The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.

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