Air Quality, National Standards and Human Health in India

Publication Type:

Policy Brief


p.4 (2021)


Air Quality, Human Health, India, National Standards


A clean air environment is prudent to healthy living. An increase in air pollution beyond a threshold level poses risks to human health. In September 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued its revised Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs). The development of these “global” AQGs was overseen by a steering group led by WHO’s European Centre for Environment and Health. The revised AQGs are further tightened as compared to their earlier guidelines (2006) in most cases.