Thursday, March 07, 2013

All I Need Is The Air That I Breathe To Love You ...



The majority will think that Beijing or some cities in China will top the world as the place with most polluted air. But according to World Health Organisation data covering more than 1000 cities in 91 countries, China's capital is not the city that consistently endures the world's worst air pollution. It doesn't even come close.

One of the crucial measures of dangerous air pollution is the number of parts per million of particles smaller than 10 micrometres (PM10) wafting through the air. Beijing's residents breathe in air with an average PM10 of 121, but millions of people have it worse.


"Beijing PM10 Level .... 121"

The rankings, cobbled together using air-monitoring data from a variety of sources between 2003 and 2010, suggest that the world's worst air pollution floats over Ahwaz, a city in south-western Iran where the average PM10 level hovers around 372. Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar, ranks second, enduring a 279 PM10, far higher than the global average of 71.


"Ahwaz, Iran .....  372
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia .... 279
Delhi, India ... 198"

Farther down the list are more cities in Iran, along with some in India, Pakistan, and Botswana, before Delhi appears in the 12th spot, with average particulate levels of 198 parts per million.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/where-is-the-worst-air-in-the-world-20130306-2fkg8.html#ixzz2Mpj48tYI


From the data supplied by W.H.O. I managed to glance through some cities in Malaysia and their recorded PM10 ... we should be thankful but must still be vigilant over issues such as location of certain manufacturing businesses, issues over open burning and excessive deforestation issues.


Alor Setar 38

Bintulu

49

Gombak

39

Ipoh

42

Johor Bahru

52

Kajang

45

Kangar

35

Keningau

40

Klang

65

Kuala Lumpur

49

Kuala Selangor

45

Kuala Terengganu

51

Labuan 

34

Some other cities that I did not managed to copy properly:

Adelaide 14  /  Brisbane  18  /  Canberra  10  /  Sydney  12  / Dhaka  134  /  Brussels  28  /  London  20  /  Ottawa  16  /  Vancouver  12  /  Montreal  34  / Chengdu  111  /  Guangzhou  70  /  Fuzhou  64  /  HK  50  /  Shanghai  81  /  Lyon  33  /  Paris  38  /  Dortmund  27  /  Frankfurt  27  /  Athens 41  /  Budapest  29  /  Bangalore  90  /  Chennai  48  /  Jaipur  112  /  Kolkota  148  /  Mumbai  132  /  Jakarta  43 (surprising) /  Medan  111  /  Surabaya  69  /  Dublin  15 (wow) /  Jerusalem  60  /  Tel Aviv  60  /  Parma  34  /  Napoli  44  /  Osaka  27  /  Tokyo  23  /  Beirut  53  /  Luxembourg  18  /  Port Dickson  40  /  Sandakan  33  /  Seremban  39  /  Shah Alam  54  /  Monaco  18  /  Yangon  96  /  Kathmandu valley  106  (another surprise) /  Amsterdam  24  /  Auckland  15 (amazing) /  Christchurch  17  /  Wellington 11  /  Oslo  22 /  Karachi  193  /  Lima 78  /  Seoul  64  /  Incheon 54  /  Singapore  29  /  Bangkok  54  /  Chiangmai  42  /  Phuket  28  /  LA  28  /  NYC  21  

2 comments:

Malaysia Stock Talk said...

Despite Singapore has higher density of population than any city/town in Malaysia, none of the cities/ towns in Malaysia has better PM10 level than Singapore...

Salvador Dali said...

MST

Places like Singapore, Phuket or anything that resembles a small island or large area of coastline will have lower PM10 readings, obvious isn't it ... at least Singapore isn't like HK, there is better planning in terms of location and dispersion of high rise unlike HK which traps sale air and exhaust because of the locations of high rise, all wanting a piece of the waterfront view which cancels out the natural dispersion quality of having so much coastline in HK.