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New Delhi Suffers Perpetual Toxic Air Pollution Due to Combination of Factors, Study Confirms

By By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
November 17, 2015, 5:02:21 AM EST

Weather, geography, population growth and energy consumption all play roles in the ongoing air pollution problem in New Delhi, according to a newly released study.

The combination elevates the concentrations of air pollutants, including ultra-fine particles which are the most harmful to human health, and contributes to thousands of deaths per year, said Dr. Prashant Kumar of the University of Surrey. His team's study was published in the Journal Atmospheric Environment.

New Delhi has the worst air pollution of any city in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Worldwide, air quality is poorest in the Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asian regions, followed by the Latin American and African countries, the WHO said.


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