Worlds 10 Most Polluted Cities

Indian Cities Listed In The World’s 10 Most Polluted Cities By IQAir

Delhi’s rising levels of air pollution with additional local pollution sources in the city like emissions from vehicles and a dangerous mix of farm fire smokes have triggered health emergency warnings. In the meantime, live polluting city and air quality tracking service from UNEP’s (United Nations Environmental Program) technology partner as well as Switzerland’s climate group, IQAir on Saturday (13th November 2021) has indicated that three Indian cities are ranked in the list of the world’s top ten cities with worst AQI (Air Quality Indices).

Saturday’s report included three cities from India. Delhi was reported as the most polluted city in the world by the IQAir service with an average AQI of 556, followed by Kolkata in the 4th position and Mumbai in the 6th position. China’s Chengdu and Pakistan’s Lahore also recorded the worst AQI indices in the list of the world’s most polluted cities.

The table below indicates the top ten cities in the world with the worst pollution ranking and AQI indices based on Saturday’s live report by IQAir.

Rank City Country AQI
1 Delhi India 556
2 Lahore Pakistan 354
3 Sofia Bulgaria 178
4 Kolkata India 177
5 Zagreb Croatia 173
6 Mumbai India 169
7 Belgrade Serbia 165
8 Chengdu China 165
9 Skopje North Macedonia 164
10 Krakow Poland 160

 

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Image Credits: IQAir

Notably, reports from IITM’s (Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology) DDS (Decision Support System) that identify air pollutants and provide air quality forecasts for Delhi on November 12th, 2021 stated that the city additionally acquired pollutants from other towns like Sonepat, Ghaziabad, Baghpat, Gurugram, and Jhajjar.

Friday’s DSS estimates indicated that firms in Delhi & its peripheries contributed to 9-10% of the pollution profile, household emissions accounted for 7% of the particulate levels, emissions from local vehicles had a share of 25%, and paddy stubble fires contributed to 15% of PM2.5 (Ultrafine particulate matter with size <2.5μm).

The Union ministry of earth sciences’ AQMS (Air Quality Monitoring Station)- SAFAR mentioned that stubble fired contributed to at least 35% of the air pollutants this Friday.

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World’s 10 Most Polluted Cities

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