India has overtaken China in air pollution: Greenpeace

Q.  Which Asian country has overtaken China’s pollution levels in 2015 as per a Greenpeace India study of NASA data?
- Published on 23 Feb 16

a. India
b. Japan
c. Pakistan
d. Sri Lanka

ANSWER: India
 
India has surpassed China’s air pollution levels in 2015 and average particulate matter exposure was higher for the first time in the 21st C, according to Greenpeace India analysis of NASA satellite data. This marks the first time in this century that average particulate matter exposure was higher for Indian citizens than that of Chinese people.World Health Organization (WHO) states India has 13 out of 20 most polluted cities in the world with deteriorating air pollution levels in the past decade, especially in North India. Greenpeace has shown in its NAQI National Air Quality Index Report that 15 of the 17 Indian cities with such stations showed levels of air pollution far exceeding prescribed standards in India. In 2015, India particulate pollution stands higher than that of China, after increasing at an average rate of 2 per cent over the past decade.

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