If you are a resident of India’s national capital, then you might well shrug your shoulders and tell the world that you knew it all along! Delhi does not find itself on top of many lists across the globe, but in when it comes to pollution, Delhi seems to have finally conquered the top spot.
The latest report released by World Health Organisation (WHO) confirms it as the most polluted city on the planet!
The startling report includes study of pollution and environmental standards in major cities across the world between years 2008 to 2013 and Delhi has comfortably (and scarily) manage to leave even Beijing behind.
Since long, it was believed that the Chinese capital was the most polluted on the planet. But the latest numbers show Delhi has PM2.5 concentrations of 153 microgrammes and PM10 concentrations of 286 microgrammes.
That is more than double the numbers measured for Beijing that has PM2.5 concentrations of 56 microgrammes and PM10 concentrations of 121 microgrammes.
While the Indian government spends more on advertising the meager measures it took to cut back on pollution in the city than on the cleaning up act itself, Delhites find themselves at greater risk of ailments that related to the lungs and the cardiac system.
The report includes statistics of 1,600 towns and cities in more than 90 nations from around the world. And it definitely is a warning sign that tells the Indian authorities to improve pollution control measures drastically before the situation goes completely out of hand… If we are not there already!