What was India's rank in the 2020 World Air Quality Report?

As per the World Air Quality Report 2020, India was ranked the third most polluted country in the world with an annual average PM2.5 concentration of 51.9 µg/m³. Bangladesh was named the most polluted country, followed by Pakistan in second place. 

India showed an overall improvement in several cities, with 63% reporting direct improvements over 2019 averages. Progress is only marginally attributable to India’s flagship National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) introduced in January 2019, which targets PM2.5 reductions between 20-30% in 122 selected cities by 2024 from a 2017 baseline. 

Despite some improvement, India continues to dominate annual PM2.5 rankings by the city as 22 of the top 30 most polluted cities globally are located in India.

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