India's air is now more polluted than China's: Greenpeace
February 22, 2016 - Uncategorized
For the first time in the 21st century, India has overtaken China’s air pollution levels. In 2015, the average particulate matter exposure was higher in India than China, according to a new Greenpeace analysis of NASA’s satellite data.
“China’s strong measures to curb pollution have contributed to the biggest year-on-year air quality improvement on record, while in contrast, India’s pollution levels continued a decade-long increase to reach the highest level on record,” Greenpeace India said in its statement.
The NGO’s National Air Quality Index ranking report indicated that 15 out of the 17 Indian cities it had studied had air pollution levels which were higher than the official limit. Greenpeace also said that China’s adoption of a National Action Plan in 2013 had helped it in reducing air pollution by as much as 15% in 2015. It has suggested that the Indian government also implement similar time-bound plans to lower pollution levels. Read more…