Air pollution is getting worse day-by-day mainly due to industrialisation. This, in turn, is taking the lives of numerous people across the globe at an alarming rate.


According to a study published on Tuesday, China and India have encountered the maximum number of deaths as a result of air pollution. Henceforth, the world’s deadliest (polluted) countries are obviously India and China as per the study.

Air Pollution
Air Pollution, Image Courtesy: Bloomberg

The research conducted by the US-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) suggests that more than 4.2 million people have lost their lives due to air pollution globally. India and China alone account for 2.2 million deaths.

Additionally, the online database launched by the institute predicts that 92 percent of the world’s population is inhaling unhealthy air. The inhaled air pollutants cause health issues. Some of them include breathing difficulties, lungs disorders (lung cancer), stroke, heart disease and chronic respiratory conditions like asthma.


China is working their way to overcome this important issue very swiftly. On the contrary, Indian ministers fail to realise the link between pollution and loss of lives in spite of lots of evidence.

Smog blanketing Delhi, India
Smog blanketing Delhi, India, Image Courtesy: Total TV

Initially, Chinese officials also disregarded the direct link of air pollution and Mortality. China’s Health Minister said that there was no data linking smog to higher incidences of Cancer. However, last October, the government of China accepted the link between health and pollution in their long-term national healthcare plan. As a matter of fact, the officials promised to determine the impacts of pollution and improve environmental monitoring capabilities.

It's high time we act
It’s high time we act, Image Courtesy: Vox

In fact, it is high time that we realise the other face of industrialisation and modernization. We should keep ourselves on high alert and continue reminding ourselves that the air which our ancestors inhaled is completely different to what we take in. If we fail to take actions at the very moment, our younger generations will inhale much more polluted air than us.