Environmental pollution causes 1.2 million deaths each year in India and the loss of three percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a study by Greenpeace.
Entitled 'Airpocalypse', the report notes that none of the 168 cities from 24 states that have been surveyed, comply with the air quality standards prescribed by the World Health Organization.
It describes the capital as the most polluted city in the country and warns that the situation has led to a 'public health and economic crisis'.
The report is based on information obtained through online reports and computer data from State Pollution Control Boards across India, as well as assessments of air quality, which were performed in 168 cities across 24 states and union territories.
According to Sunil Dahiya, a Greenpeace activist, the country faces 'an apocalypse due to the unbreathable air' and has warned that deaths from air pollution are little less than those from tobacco.
The excessive use of fossil fuels makes it one of the 'main culprits' for the deteriorating air quality across the country.
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