On Tuesday, Delhi emerged as the most polluted city in the world, as per the AQLI report for 2023 released by the University of Chicago.
The AQLI measures the research that quantifies the relation between long-term particle pollution exposure and life expectancy.
According to the report, the life expectancy of people will reduce by 11.9 years due to pollution here. The average annual PM 2.5 level in 2021 in Delhi was found to be 126.5 µg/m3. This was more than 25 times the WHO guidelines of 5 µg/m3.
Furthermore, the study suggests India’s 1.3 billion population lives in areas with annual average particulate pollution of more than the WHO set 5 µg/m3 limit.
The study also found that 67.4% of the population lives in areas where pollution levels exceed India’s national air quality standard of 40 g/m3.
Fine particle air pollution (PM2.5) reduces an Indian’s average life expectancy by 5.3 years compared to the (WHO) pollution limit of 5 g/m3. According to the report, as per national guidelines, Delhi people might lose 8.5 years of their lives.
Delhi the Most Polluted City in the World:
STUDY: DELHI WORLD'S MOST POLLUTED CITY
A recent study by University Of Chicago recognizes #Delhi as the most heavily polluted city globally. @jai_dhar talks to @radhika1705 on Delhiites losing nearly 12 years of life to toxic air. Listen in pic.twitter.com/gNyruzJRqF
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