670 million Indians to breathe poor quality air in 2030: Study


670 million Indians to breathe poor quality air in 2030: Study

About 674 million citizens are likely to breathe air with high concentrations of PM 2.5 in 2030, even if India were to comply with its existing pollution control policies and regulations, according to a new study.

“Only about half of India’s estimated population in 2030 — about 833 million citizens — would be living in areas meeting India’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in 2030,” stated the study released today by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

The CEEW-IIASA study also found that the Indo-Gangetic plain, covering parts of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal, have the highest population exposure to significant PM 2.5 concentrations. Read More

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