World Air Quality Report, 2020 – UPSC Prelims

  • Released by : IQ Air, a Swiss air quality technology company.
  • About World Air Quality Report: World Air Quality is an annual report. The report is based on PM2.5 data. It is from 106 countries based on data from ground-based monitoring stations. The report is handled by government agencies mostly.
  • Key Findings Related to India
    • India is home to 35 of the world’s 50 most polluted cities in the World.
    • Delhi is listed as the 10th most polluted city and the top polluted capital city in the world in 2020.
    • India ranked as the world’s 3rd most polluted country in 2020 after Bangladesh and Pakistan.
    • 2020 was particularly severe for stubble burning in India. Farm fires in Punjab have increased by 46.5% over 2019.
    • The topmost polluted city in the world is Xinjiang in China, followed by Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.
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