Indian air the worst

2012-02-02 20:16

New Delhi - India has the worst air quality in the world, beating even its neighbour China, according to an annual survey based at Yale and Columbia universities in the United States.

Of all the countries surveyed in the Environmental Performance Index (EPI), which measures the effects of polluted air on human health, India ranked the lowest at 132.

The study used satellite data to measure air pollution concentrations.

The level of fine particulate matter in India is nearly five times the limit where it becomes unsafe for humans, said the study released at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Health experts say particulate matter is one of the main causes of acute lower respiratory infections and even cancer.

India scored a meagre 3.73 out of a possible 100 points in the air analysis, lagging way behind Bangladesh, the next-worst performer, which scored 13.66.

The region fared poorly with Nepal, Pakistan and China taking up the remaining spots in the bottom five of the rankings.

  • gideon.redelinghuys - 2012-02-02 21:02

    According to this articles own source ( India is not bottom but 8th from bottom. South Africa is lower at 5th from bottom. Nepal is stated as "fared poorly" but they ranked 38th best?!

  • Burtfred - 2012-02-02 21:53

    It's all that curry gas they produce

  • louis.postma - 2012-02-03 07:06

    this journalist should be fired

  • yasfir.alli - 2012-02-03 07:26

    Gideon, the article is talking about the air quality indicator not the overall EPI. If you check the indicator tables here you'll India is indeed last for air quality. SA is actually 78th. For the overall EPI though you're 100% correct - SA seems to score very poorly for agriculture and water resources which hurts our score.

  • calliedj - 2012-02-03 11:45

    Well, I'll be sure to never fly with them...

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