Air pollution and health in India: Evidence, impacts and mitigation

More than one-third of the world’s 100 cities with the highest levels of air pollution (PM10) are located in India. Air pollution is the leading risk factor for early death and disability in India and hence a key area of scientific research. Long-term exposure to air pollution can be fatal and can cause health conditions such as heart diseases, stroke, respiratory infections and lung cancer.

Here is a brief visual description of exposure-response relationship studies in distinct ecological settings- rural and urban; occupational risks and health effects in microenvironments that should catch the attention of health practitioners and policy planners to tackle the air pollution burden in India.

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