India's air the worst, says annual study

Feb 02, 2012
Air pollution and haze cast a blanket over a residential area of the southern Indian city of Bangalore in December 2009. India has the worst air quality in the world, beating even its neighbour China, according to an annual survey based at Yale and Columbia universities in the United States.

India has the worst air quality in the world, poorer even than its neighbour China, according to an annual survey based at Yale and Columbia universities in the United States.

Of all the countries surveyed in the Environmental Performance Index (EPI), which measures the effects of polluted air on human health, India ranked the lowest at 132.

The study used satellite data to measure air pollution concentrations.

The level of in India is nearly five times the limit where it becomes unsafe for humans, said the study released at the recent in Davos, Switzerland.

Health experts say particulate matter is one of the main causes of acute and even cancer.

India scored a meagre 3.73 out of a possible 100 points in the air analysis, lagging way behind Bangladesh, the next-worst performer, which scored 13.66.

The region fared poorly with Nepal, Pakistan and China taking up the remaining spots in the bottom five of the rankings.

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Moebius
1 / 5 (1) Feb 02, 2012
They won't have this distinction for long. China will get the title sooner or later and probably keep it.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (5) Feb 02, 2012
As of May, 2010 China has started to embark on setting up clean air legislation (to be implemented by 2015).
http://www.chinaf...ulations

I don't think India could match that in that timeframe - even if they wanted to.
Xbw
1.3 / 5 (8) Feb 02, 2012
As of May, 2010 China has started to embark on setting up clean air legislation (to be implemented by 2015).
http://www.chinaf...ulations

I don't think India could match that in that timeframe - even if they wanted to.

I wouldn't count them out. India is a developing nation and shows major economic progress. It all comes down to willingness though.
TS1
5 / 5 (3) Feb 02, 2012
India still have over 900 million people living in less than 3$/day. The progress has so far been only in biggest cities and affected a tiny fraction of the nation.

Which should not be surprising as the nation invents or manufactures very little of anything. They are largely dependent on industrialized and near-industrialized nations (including China) to introduce products so that they can provide software support services and run call centers for those products. Their economy is largely driven by domestic demand, and the hundreds of millions of poor there are not able to fuel much of a demand.

This dependency on other countries is the reason why so many of their people can be found in other countries: their own country cannot provide employment for them.

I doubt that they are able to solve the pollution issue any better than the employment issue. Perhaps that will change if they stop ex-convicts from being eligible for elected office.
hyongx
Feb 02, 2012
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that_guy
not rated yet Feb 07, 2012
As of May, 2010 China has started to embark on setting up clean air legislation (to be implemented by 2015).
http://www.chinaf...ulations

I don't think India could match that in that timeframe - even if they wanted to.

I wouldn't count them out. India is a developing nation and shows major economic progress. It all comes down to willingness though.

Let's set aside for a moment that India has shown itself to be a mostly dysfunctional country and focus on the comparison of India to China.

You are saying that India, a country far worse economically, slower growing economically, an expanding impoverished new generation, higher population density, etc etc etc. - Will surpass china in any way whatsoever in the foreseeable future?

Also, China is in fact implementing more clean tech than most industrialized nations (In addition to adding coal plants etc.)