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Greenpeace India on Monday released a report ‘Out of Sight- How coal burning advances India’s Air Pollution Crisis’.

Burning of coal is major source of air pollution, and thermal power plants including, those in NCR, are the main culprits for increase in deadly pollutants all over the country during past five years, a new report on Monday claimed.

Greenpeace India in its report ‘Out of Sight – How coal burning advances India’s Air Pollution Crisis’ released on Monday, claimed thermal power generation is causing a “steady” deterioration in the overall air quality in North India.

“The report reveals coal as the largest overlooked source of air pollution and identifies air pollution emission hotspots in India visibly linked to thermal power plants in the area. Satellite based analysis from 2009 to 2015 reveals the thermal power plant clusters in Singrauli, Korba Raigarh, Angul, Chandrapur, Mundra and NCR were the source of SO2 (sulphur dioxide) and NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) emission growth in India over the past five years, showing nationwide increase of 13 per cent and 31 per cent respectively for PM2.5 and SO2,” the NGO said in a statement.

It said using similar data, earlier studies have shown an increase of 20 per cent in the regional trends for NO2 levels over the last decade. Secondary particulate matter formed by SO2 and NO2 is one of the major contributors to PM2.5 levels.

The NGO said that multiple research studies have emphasised 30 per cent to 34 per cent of total PM2.5 concentration in India is contributed by the secondary particulates, most of which come from burning of fossil fuels. Large industrial clusters, hotspots of SO2 and NO2 emissions, are found to be highest coal guzzlers, it said…” DNA India. Read it on

Coal burning aggravating air pollution: Greenpeace