Delhi Has The Worst Air Quality In The World

World Health Organization report released on May 2 found that Delhi has the worst air quality in the world. India's capital was found to have a heavy presence of PM10 particular matter - 292 micrograms per cubic meter.

As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, the annual safe limit set by the WHO is 60.

While 13 Indian cities are among the 20 most-polluted worldwide, the following infographic provides an overview of how Delhi compares to other major global cities...

Infographic: Delhi Has The Worst Air Quality In The World  | Statista

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chiburashka Harry Lightning Wed, 05/16/2018 - 07:20 Permalink

Remember the west after WW2: pollution was unbearable because industrial activity and growth were peaking. Nowadays western countries are ecologically sustainable and shit and for a reason: there is no longer sustainable industrial activity there besides the MIC's contribution to world resources plundering. What's more there is no growth. Only illusion thereof. Charades. 

Therefore, no pollution indicates a dying society. 

We are dying. Not them. 


It's okay not to be a Jew. 

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Endgame Napoleon chiburashka Wed, 05/16/2018 - 08:33 Permalink

In America, the air quality is now better for all of the homeless citizens in a once middle-class country who sleep outside. 

Industrialization does not explain why India—a rural country—has such polluted air. Maybe, all of their industrial production is concentrated in just a few cities, increasing the pollutants in those cities.

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Wild Bill Steamcock Zero Point Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:39 Permalink

The Indian government initiated a program to build toilet facilities for people who didn't have them.  The street shitting problem continued.  They then conducted a study as to what was going on; turned out people still shat on the streets because it was "too inconvenient" to walk back to the house. It's not an access problem, it's a cultural problem.


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kellys_eye Four Star Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:49 Permalink

Limits designed to allow local Governments to tax the 'polluters'.

He who sets the limits, sets the rules.

Here in the UK (2nd BOTTOM on the list) the Government are thinking of all sorts of 'pollution' excuses to add taxes where ever and when ever they possibly can.

I suppose taxing us for 'cleaning our own air' will fix the rest of the world's problems.........

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 03:25 Permalink

Athens and Rome weren't in the top 20? The last time I visited those cities the air quality was horrible. Much worse than LA or NYC. Or Paris for that matter.

In both Rome and Athens you could see how bad the air was by 10 a.m. All those little 2-stroke scooters. Killed the air quality.

roddy6667 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 03:27 Permalink

Why are they talking about PM10's? That is natural dust. Your lungs can cough that up. PM 2.5's are what people worry about. That includes some natural dust, but are mostly products of combustion of gasoline, oil, and coal. These particles lodge in your lungs and stay there. 

TuPhat chippers Wed, 05/16/2018 - 08:15 Permalink

The enviro nazis all pull scams.  In Houston the EPA ruled that air quality was bad because of ozone.  Along the Gulf high ozone is caused by the frequent lightning storms we have.  The EPA forced them to lower the speed limits even though cars and trucks don't produce ozone at any speed.  Government is the force of farce.

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swmnguy roddy6667 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:10 Permalink

I was wondering how Shanghai wasn't on the list.  I've been to Beijing, Bangkok, Rome and New York.  Haven't been to Delhi but friends of mine who have say the air is terrible there.  They say Beijing is very close to Delhi, and I know from experience that Shanghai's air pollution is very close to Beijing's.  

In China, the issue is the use of coal.  In Beijing it's made worst by dust storms and weather patterns.

I imagine the PM 2.5 rankings would be different from these, but that Delhi and Beijing would remain at the top in the worst air pollution rankings.

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Deflationist Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:06 Permalink

Indians are extremely unhygienic people with the previleged class/caste polluting the most without any regard to local or global implications of their actions. Similar to rust belt workers of US.

Davidduke2000 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:21 Permalink

a single volcano spew in a single day in toxins what the world produce in a year.

and today there are at least 30 active volcanoes.

it is a natural phenomenon that worked for millions of years, but now with all the air travel these toxins are pushed more toward the large cities of course combined with man's activities.

However on a side note, I would not set a foot in India because of the stench of Garbage that fills the plane once you open the doors.

My Dad used to be a pilot and hated to go to India.

I watch on you tube some clips of village food, videos from India are quite disgusting as the garbage is all over the area where people are cooking, pots and pans are filthy and are never washed, even the water used look yellow, then I switch to Sri Lankan village cooking and a what a difference , the water is crisp clear, the pots and pans are all shiny, the vegetables are first class and the food looks great even though I would not eat it because of medical conditions.

with 1.4 billion of people in India, if each single person pick up one paper or one piece of garbage, the country will be clean in 3 month.


To Hell In A H… Davidduke2000 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 06:36 Permalink

Why do you think the term "Delhi-Belly" was invented? I had the shits in India for 3 straight days, on a back packing trip in 92. My shit was part water, part yogurt consistency, it was radioactive bright yellow and I had mega ring burn, the likes I've never experienced since.

My entire bowel and colon was not functioning properly during that period  I think it was the curry breakfasts that did it and no refrigeration of food overnight in 40 degree heat. PS: Don't wash in the Ganges. You see floating turds going past. 

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lakecity55 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 04:39 Permalink

Me and my whole crew got sick in Mumbai, but the worst place is Dhaka, Bangladesh. You will get sick there for about 3 days. I can't describe it...