Opinion | A deadly distinction1 min read . Updated: 19 Dec 2019, 04:42 PM IST
While action needs to be taken, policymakers have displayed little urgency on the matter
A non-government advocacy group working on pollution and health issues has revealed just how badly India fares on these. According to a report by the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), based on a study that estimated the impact of contaminants in the air, water and workplace, India tops the world’s chart on pollution-linked deaths, followed by China and Nigeria. More than 2.3 million premature deaths caused by pollution were reported in India in 2017, the latest year for which the figures are available. In comparison, about 1.9 million people died in China, while in Nigeria the death count was 279,318, according to the report. Pakistan and Bangladesh also found place in the list at fifth and sixth positions, with 223,836 and 207,922 deaths, respectively. The US and Russia were seventh and eighth.