The Wall Street Journal reports:
“India just had its most polluted year on record, Greenpeace India says in a new report, for the first time pushing it above China in terms of the average amount of pollution its citizens were exposed to.
The non-governmental organization said it analysed particulate levels measured by satellites belonging to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration using a method it said was the best way to compare pollution exposure.
The use of fossil fuels in India and China has driven a dramatic rise in pollution in the two countries since 2005, the report said.
However, from 2011 to 2015, China’s efforts to reduce pollution paid off, while India’s smog intensified. China had its worst year, pollution-wise in 2011 and since then has improved, Greenpeace India analysts said.
The report said pollution levels are highest in the north of India adding that West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh had the largest increases in pollutants.”
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