Top 10 polluted cities in the world, and little Kanye West in China

7 Dec

So where do China’s cities rank in the top 10 of cities with the most air pollution? Answer: they don’t. That’s because the top 10 polluted cities in the world are in Mongolia, Pakistan, Iran, and India. But you wouldn’t have known that given the way how so much negative media attention is focused on China. Yes, Shanghai is going through some terrible haze this week and Beijing had a bad period at the beginning of this year, but it’d help if media reports could cover other parts of the world that are even more polluted and have more serious problems. The data, from the World Health Organization, covers PM10, airborne particles smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter. The data also shows that the five most polluted cities in India as way more polluted than the top five in China, which is surprising to me. Again, where’re the media stories and reports on air pollution in India or Iran?

Kanye West lived in China while he was a kid, in Nanjing specifically where his mother was a visiting lecturer.


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