India houses 7 out of 10 top polluting cities in the world

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Another global study has said it yet again.

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 pollutants can enter deep inside the lungs and bloodstream of humans and have an adverse effect on their health.

The report showed Bangladesh was the most polluted country on average, closely followed by Pakistan and India.

It added that air pollution is likely to cause the death of around seven million lives globally in the next year, and will cost the world's economy almost $225 billion.

Lavakare said the NCAP, which aims to cut concentrations of PM2.5 and PM10 (larger particulate matter) throughout the country between 20-30 percent by 2024, was a "reactive" attempt to clean up India's air and called on New Delhi to take a more "proactive approach".

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2018's World Air Quality Report was based on data gathered from over 3,000 cities around the globe. Nagpur, the third most polluting city in the state, saw a decrease in the pollutant's level - from 56.2 mpcm in 2017 to 46.6 mpcm in 2018. On the other hand, Chinese cities have seen a marked improvement. The study comes with a list of 20 most-polluted cities from all over the world and it also gives out a ranking of the pollution rate. While Delhi is the most polluted capital, Gurugram tops the list of the most polluted cities in the world, according to a Greenpeace report.

But 64 percent of the cities surveyed exceeded this guideline.

"A lot of households in South Asia rely on solid fuels, sometimes biomass, often coal, for their cooking and heating ... and there are often cities with large scale industries with poor emissions controls", he added. Accompanying the report is an extended display of all the cities on the most-polluted list and their relative air qualities across different regions and sub-regions in 2018. "Therefore, tackling climate change will also greatly improve our air quality", it said.

"We still don't know the magnitude of air pollution problem in terms of PM2.5 monitoring", he said. IQAir AirVisual has included data from air quality monitors operated by private organisations and individuals.