South Asia remains the world’s most polluted region, with Bangladesh ranking No.1 India 2nd

Nepal and Pakistan, are also reeling from air pollution, reducing life expectancies by 4.1 years and 3.8 years, respectively.

In no other part of the world is pollution’s devastating impact more obvious than in South Asia, which bears more than half of the world’s pollution burden. If the current high levels of pollution continue, residents are predicted to lose around 5 years on average, and more in the most contaminated areas. India has accounted for almost 44 per cent of the global rise in pollution since 2013.

Globally, India is the second- most polluted country in the world after Bangladesh, where life expectancy was reduced by 6.9 years in 2020 due to polluted air. India’s neighbours, Nepal and Pakistan, are also reeling from air pollution, reducing life expectancies by 4.1 years and 3.8 years, respectively.

Bangladesh is now the most polluted country on the planet. The typical Bangladeshi’s life expectancy is cut by 6.7 years compared to what it would be if the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines were followed. Bangladesh has substantially worse air pollution than the rest of the country, with the most polluted district reducing life expectancy by 8.1 years.

Particulate pollution kills more people than communicable diseases like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, as well as behavioural killers like cigarette smoking and even war. Some parts of the globe are hit harder than others.