New Delhi is world's most polluted capital

Vehicles drive through the smog in New Delhi in February 2019

Fifteen of the top 20 most polluted cities in the world are located in India, according to an analysis of air quality in several cities around the world.

"We want this report to make people think about the air we breathe, because when we understand the impacts of air quality on our lives, we will act to protect what's most important".

Delhi remains the most polluted capital across the world in 2018, as per a study conducted by the environment NGO Greenpeace. Along with the death toll arising with these pollution figures, there's an estimated cost of Dollars 225 billion in lost labour and trillions in medical costs.

The executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia said that these high pollution numbers can have enormous impacts on health and even our wallets.

PM2.5, or particles of 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter, is so unsafe because it lodges deep in the lungs.

He noted that burning fossil fuels is both the key driver of climate change and of air pollution worldwide, and that shifting atmospheric conditions have worsened air quality and amplified forest fires.

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"The report is a reminder to us indicating that our efforts and actions to reduce the invisible killer, i.e., air pollution, are not enough and we need to do much more than already planned and done", said Pujarini Sen of Greenpeace India.

Another global study has said it yet again.

Gurugam topped the list as the world's most polluted city with PM2.5 soaring as high as 135.8 units in 2018.

The report also stated that the pollution level in South Asia is really serious. Of the countries analysed, Iceland emerged as the one with the cleanest air. 22 of the top 30 are in India.

Tuesday's report highlighted improved air quality levels elsewhere in Asia, however, with Chinese cities in particular registering a 12 percent fall in average PM2.5 concentrations since 2017.

The calculations were made considering the presence of Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 in the atmosphere and 3000 cities were evaluated. This has also created demand for air quality monitoring in cities or regions where no public data is available.

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