Greenpeace India released the Airpocalypse-II report on Monday showing that the growing population levels of air pollution in India have left China behind.
The first Airpocalypse report was released for the year 2015. According to the report, the main purpose was to show that air pollution is a growing national problem and it needs to be addressed with equal and utmost seriousness at a countrywide level and not only in Delhi.
The pollution level seems to be on an increasing trend between 2015 and 2016 with all cities recording higher pollution levels in 2016 compared to 2015.
Here Are The Highlights Of The Greenpeace Report 2016
- Out of the 630 million Indians covering 280 cities, 550 million live in areas exceeding national standard for PM including 47 million children below 5 years of age.
- The report mentioned that the World Bank has estimated that India loses around 3% of its GDP due to air pollution.
- Delhi still remains the top-most polluted city followed by neighbouring Faridabad and Bhiwadi and distant towns like Dehradun, Varanasi, and Patna.
- The report showed that the most affected states are Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar and Maharashtra.
- Deaths due to air pollution are only a fraction less than the number of deaths caused by tobacco usage. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) has estimated that 3,283 Indians died every single day due to outdoor air pollution in India in 2015.
- Over 80% of the cities and towns have not been complying with the prescribed annual permissible concentration of 60µg/m³ by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
- The report added that the most-polluted cities are spread across the Indo-Gangetic basin with the southern cities being slightly better off than their northern counterparts.
- Real time data is available for only 190 million Indians, or 16% of the population. Delhi, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have the highest coverage of real-time data, while 23 states have no real time data available to public.
- As per the Greenpeace India Report, the largest number of people living in areas with no data are Bihar , Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
- On Odisha, the report said that during October to December, cities like Bhubaneshwar, Puri, Paradeep, Konark, Kalingnagar and Rajgangpur recorded a high level of pollution. Relatively higher values as compared to others were observed in Angul and Talcher during January to April.