- The report is published by two US based institutes named Health Effects Institute (HEI) and Institute For Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
- There is a strong inverse relationship between a country’s level of social and economic development and PM2.5 exposures experienced by its population.
- In year 2017, annual PM2.5 exposures were the highest in South Asia.
- Countries with the lowest national PM2.5 exposure levels are:
- United States
- New Zealand
India Specific Findings
- Air pollution is now the third highest cause of death among all health risks, ranking just above smoking, in India.
- About 60% of India’s population was exposed to household pollution in 2017.
- Entire Indian population has been living in areas with PM2.5 concentrations above the WHO Air Quality Guideline of 10 µg/m3.
- Both India and China are accounted for more than 50% of global 5 million deaths due to air pollution.
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