Opinion | A nation-level strategy to fix India’s air pollution woes
India needs to develop its own emissions factor database relevant to local air pollution sources
Over the past decades, outdoor air pollution has become a leading cause of concern globally. In South Asia, it has been identified as the primary cause for millions of premature deaths in 2015. Air pollution levels (PM2.5, particulate matter with a size less than 2.5 micrometres) in most of the Indian cities are far beyond the World Health Organization’s guidelines of 10 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m3). In 2016, 18 of 25 most polluted cities in the world were in India.