New Delhi: Gurugram, the Haryana city which falls under the National Capital Region (NCR) is, according to the data released by IQAir Airvisual and Greenpeace, the most populated city in the world. Seven of the top ten most polluted cities are from India, while Faisalabad, Pakistan is the only country beside India in the top 7.
Gurugram has the highest concentration of the pollutant at 135.8 micrograms per cubic meter with an annual average PM 2.5. Another city from the NCR, Ghaziabad, holds the 2nd spot in the list with pollution levels found to be at 135.2 micrograms per cubic meter. The next in the list is Pakistan’s Faisalabad, followed by the Indian cities of Faridabad, Bhiwadi, Noida, Patna. Hoton, a Chinese city with pollution levels of 116 micrograms. The 9th in the list is Lucknow, while Lahore, Pakistan taking the 10th spot.
In comparison to the data released by IQ Air Visual last year, the average pollutant levels, in Delhi/ NCR regions, are increasing year by year. In 2017, Faridabad and Noida had pollution levels of 123, and 134 micrograms per cubic meter of pollutant respectively which has increased in 2018.
The list comes a day after the UN Environment agency said that Nitrogen pollution is one of the biggest environmental issues faced by humans today and requires urgent action from nations around the world. Its Frontiers report, launched ahead of the UN Environment high-level assembly beginning on March 11, explores environmental issues that will have profound effects on society, economy and ecosystems, along with some novel solutions.