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Are you breathing in Kolkata?
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Air pollution is a global public health emergency. The PM2.5 air quality forecast for Kolkata, West Bengal right now is 134 µg/m3. That's very unhealthy. It is like smoking 6+ 🚬 🚬 🚬 🚬 🚬 🚬 today. You should consider a face mask, air purifier and reducing your outdoor activity.

Air pollution in Kolkata, West Bengal

The air quality in Kolkata right now is very unhealthy. It is equivalent to smoking + cigarettes today. Everyone should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Take more breaks during all outdoor activities. People who have heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teenagers should avoid heavy exertion. Move activities indoors or reschedule to a time when the air quality is better. People with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep quick relief medicine handy. You can consider wearing a face mask, using an air purifer and reducing outdoor activites to reduce your air pollution exposure.

PM2.5 Air Quality Forecast

5pm

133.7 ug/m3

8pm

128.4 ug/m3

11pm

119.1 ug/m3

tuesday

113.2 ug/m3

5am

107.9 ug/m3

8am

101.6 ug/m3

11am

101.5 ug/m3

2pm

102.2 ug/m3

5pm

101.5 ug/m3

8pm

104.3 ug/m3

11pm

108.7 ug/m3

wednesday

104.2 ug/m3

5am

101.0 ug/m3

8am

100.3 ug/m3

11am

98.1 ug/m3

2pm

94.8 ug/m3

5pm

92.0 ug/m3

8pm

88.1 ug/m3

11pm

83.1 ug/m3

thursday

83.3 ug/m3

5am

83.2 ug/m3

8am

87.0 ug/m3

11am

91.3 ug/m3

2pm

92.4 ug/m3

“Air pollution damages every organ and virtually every cell in the human body."

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you wanted to know about air pollution in Kolkata.

Is it safe to breathe in Kolkata right now?

The WHO's clean air guileline for PM2.5 is 25µg/m3. Currently in Kolkata, the forecast says it is 134 µg/m3. Hence, the air is not clean.

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You're likely at high risk to experience adverse health effects due to air pollution. You should try to identify the sources of air pollution around you and try to reduce your exposure to it. It is not usually possible to eliminate air pollution, but proactive measures can help. In the meantime, you can wear a face mask, use an air purifier or get an air quality monitor to track your personal exposure to air pollution. Please consult your physician.

What is the data source for these air quality forecasts?

All the air quality forecasts on AirPollution.io come from Urban Emissions, India's leading source of information, research and analysis about air pollution. It is led by Dr. Sarath Guttikunda.

How polluted are other cities in West Bengal?

Air pollution varies from city to city and even from one neighborhood to another within a city. You can review the air quality forecasts for West Bengal or it's cities like North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Barddhaman, Murshidabad or  Paschim Medinipur anytime.

What city has the worst air pollution in India?

It is tempting to ask this question, but let's first recognize that air pollution is a problem that affects the vast majority of India. Currently Indians across districts are breathing air that does not meet WHO's clean air guidelines. But to answer your question, the residents of New Delhi district in Delhi are breathing the worst air pollution in India right now with µg/m3 of PM2.5 pollution.

I don't have money to buy an expensive face mask and air purifier. What can I do?

I am glad you asked. Many face masks and air purifiers available in the market are quite expensive, but not all of them. A company called Smart Air Filters sells affordable air purifiers and face masks. This is not an ad.

“As a chest surgeon who has been operating on lungs since 1988, I am pained to say that it is time to call India’s deadly pollution crisis a public health emergency. Over the years, I have witnessed a change in the color of patients’ lungs from pink to black.”

Dr. Arvind Kumar

“There are no safe air pollution limits, and so there can be no moderations. We need to take drastic actions.”

The Ella Roberta Family Foundation
BREATHING KILLS

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 176.4 µg/m3

Central Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 176.4 µg/m3

East Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 164.7 µg/m3

South Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 154.7 µg/m3

North East Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 141.4 µg/m3

West Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 135.8 µg/m3

South West Delhi, Delhi

PM2.5 forecast is 135.6 µg/m3

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