In some regions, sand and desert dust, waste burning and deforestation are additional sources of air pollution.
The steel town is the worst affected in a list of some 47 United Kingdom towns and cities that are either at or have broken the World Health Organisation's annual limit of 10 micrograms per cubic metre.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a global pollution database which reveals that 14 out of the 15 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM 2.5 (particulate matters) concentrations are from India, with Kanpur being the worst on the list. High-income countries performed better, but a full 49 percent of urban centres with a population above 100,000 were breathing toxic air. The WHO said the scheme has enabled 37 million women living below the poverty line to switch to clean energy by providing them with free LPG connections.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that air pollution still kills 7 million people each year, nearly all of them in poor countries in Asia and Africa; and that 9 out of 10 people on the planet breathe in polluted air, following the release of its latest data on air pollution worldwide.
"Addressing air pollution and climate change are top priorities for WHO in the Western Pacific Region, but they are not challenges that individuals or the health sector alone can solve".
Londonderry was among 31 towns and cities identified by the World Health Organisation as exceeding safe levels of fine particle pollutants known as PM2.5 in 2015.
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"It is unacceptable that over three billion people - majority women and children - are still breathing deadly smoke every day from using polluting stoves and fuels in their homes", he added.
The particulate matter monitored includes pollutants such as sulfate, nitrates and black carbon, which pose the greatest risks to human health.
"We know there is a strong link between poor air quality and heart health with nearly six in ten global deaths (58%) related to outdoor air pollution caused by a heart attack or stroke".
Every nine out of 10 people on our planet breathe polluted air, as a result it kills 7 million people each year.
The South-East Asian and Eastern Mediterranean regions showed the highest levels of ambient air pollution. Muzaffarpur, in the country's north-east, showed readings of 197mg per cubic metre, making it the world's most polluted city. More than half of air pollution-related deaths were linked to cooking with polluting fuels and stoves.
"The report by WHO is a warning about the serious and run-away pollution and public health emergency that confronts India today", said CSE Director General Sunita Narain. Now the government is preparing a new three year plan that will set out new targets and measures to "win the battle to defend blue skies", according to the environment minister.