In India, air pollution believed to cause 527.000 fatalities a year. Air pollution around cities is clearly visible from space. Major sources of air pollution are inefficient modes of transport, household fuel and waste burning, coal-fired power plants and industrial activities. India’s air pollution is slowly killing its residents. India is home to 14 of the most polluted cities on Earth, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Kanpur is reported to have pollution levels more than 5x The WHO’s recommended safe level, which takes a toll on the health of millions of residents. The number of patients at Murari LAL Hospital has jumped from 40.000 in 2015 to 64.000 in 2017.

Air Pollution in New Delhi View by NASA’s MISR


Too much deaths because of air pollution

„Hundreds of thousands of people are dying in India each year because of air pollution.“
Sunil Dahiya, Senior Campaigner, Greenpeace India

Some patients attribute their illness to car pollution and smog from India’s industrial footprint. For Kanpur’s population of 3 million people, taking action against air pollution has become top priority. Indian engineers have begun collecting soot and transforming it into ink but the goverment has yet to get involved. WHO suggests India’s goverment should follow in Beijing’s footsteps and inplement an action plan for air pollution control. Take a look at this infographic.

The World’s most polluted cities are in India

Global Journalist: India’s air pollution crisis

Source, credit: WHO, statista,,, Global Journalist