What are the
data sources used on

Air pollution is a global public health emergency. Currently people in India are breathing toxic air that does not meet WHO's clean air guidelines. The district with the worst air pollution in India is New Delhi in Delhi, where PM2.5 is forecasted to be 93.6 µg/m3. That's very unhealthy.

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Urban Emissions

India's leading source of information, research and analysis about air pollution.

India Census (2011)

Official government population data across Indian states and districts.

Global Burden of Disease (2017)

Comprehensive picture of what disables and kills people across countries, time, age, and sex.


Satellite data for monitoring wildfires, crop burning and other fires.

Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago

How much longer would you live if you breathed clean air?

World Bank

Economic impact of air pollution.


Where are India's
most polluted districts?

The health effects of air pollution are staggering. According to a story in The Guardian, air pollution may damage every organ and virtually every cell in the human body. Yes, air pollution increases the risk of heart attacks, lung cancer, asthma and COPD, but it is also known to exacerbate depression and also increase violent crime in a city.

New Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 93.6 µg/m3

Central Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 93.6 µg/m3

West Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 85.9 µg/m3

South West Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 79.1 µg/m3

North Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 74.6 µg/m3

North East Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 73.3 µg/m3

South Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 70.8 µg/m3