China Environmental Ministry Urges 20 Cities to Boost Air Pollution Coordination

15 February, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • People wear masks to protect them selves from the dangerous levels of air pollution

"You can nearly think of this as the ideal storm for India", said University of British Columbia professor Michael Brauer, an author of the study.

The "State of Global Air 2017" is the first of a new series of annual reports and accompanying interactive website, designed by Health Effects Institute in cooperation with the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington and University of British Columbia.

China and India accounted for more than half of the total number of global deaths attributable to air pollution in 2015, researchers said in a study published on Tuesday.

As many as 15 Indian cities showed levels of air pollution that greatly exceeded the prescribed national standards.

India's notoriously poor air quality causes nearly 1.1 million premature deaths every year, almost on par with China, concluded a joint report by two US-based health research institutes.

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While early deaths related to PM2.5 in China have increased by 17.22 per cent since 1990, in India these have increased by 48 per cent.

Household solid fuel use, coal-fired power plants, transportation, and open burning of agricultural and other wastes are among the most important contributors to outdoor air pollution.

The report's analysis showed that India - with extra exposure and its aging population - now competes with China in terms of air pollution health burdens.

But if he were an Indian citizen, he said, "I'd say, 'Let's not sit there and do nothing about it. Let's not be exposed to it today as more research is being done'".

The health impact of air pollution continues to astound us and if you're the health conscious sort, a new study is bound to upset you. The country has tightened its emissions standards for cars and will align them with strict European standards by 2020. India's Supreme Court banned the sale of fireworks, popular during the Hindu festival Diwali, in the capital after the emergency. Of these, more than 50% (2.2m) were in China and India alone. In December, the data portal IndiaSpend found that the pilgrimage city of Varanasi had the country's worst air, followed by heavily industrial cities such as Kanpur.

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