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Hold Your Breath, You Live in the Country with World's Most Polluted Cities!

Pratyush Kulkarni Sat Jun 08 2019

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India is famous for many things. 'Poor air quality' is one of the top items on this list. Donald Trump, the 45th President of the USA, accused that countries like India, China, and Russia don't take responsibility for environmental sustainability. He said, "They don't have very good air and water quality, and lack the sense of pollution and cleanliness." This statement was based on a WHO report.

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We are on the verge of becoming victims of our own deed. Here are a few facts that should get us worried:

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1) Delhi is the most polluted Capital city in the world.

2) 11 of the 12 world's most polluted cities are located in India.

3) Air pollution is responsible for about 13% of all deaths that occur in the country.

4) Every year, over 10,000 children under the age of five die in India because of air pollution.

5) Chulhas, or the cook-stoves, used by majority of the Indian households contribute to as much as 25% of the outdoor pollution in the country.

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On the world front, WHO has reported that over 93% children in the world breathe air with pollution levels that exceed their guidelines. Also, 9 in every 10 people on earth breath highly polluted air. Although unhealthy air quality is present in almost every country, the worst air pollution is found in developing countries with growing populations.

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According to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, “Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden.”

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It is important for us, the citizens to understand the gravity of this problem and take action against the dangers of air pollution in our country. Because if we won't, who will?

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