India is the world’s second most-polluted country: Energy Policy Institute, University of Chicago

India is today the world’s second most-polluted country, and almost all of India’s population lives in areas where the annual average particulate level exceeds the WHO guidelines, according to a report on Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.

According to the report, 84 per cent Indians live in areas which exceed India’s own air quality standard. “A quarter of India’s population is exposed to pollution levels not seen in any other country, 248 million residents of northern India on track to lose more than 8 years of life expectancy, if the pollution levels persist”, the report said.

Lucknow, which is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, is found to have the highest levels of pollution in the country with the pollution being 11 times greater than the WHO guidelines.

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