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20 Dirtiest Cities in The World

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on July 30, 2016

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Most large cities in the developing world are breaching global air pollution guidelines, according to new data from the World Health Organization.

Air pollution has risen by 8% globally in the past five years, with the WHO estimating that it causes 3 million premature deaths a year, making it one of the greatest environmental risks to human health.

The latest urban air quality data, collected between 2011 and 2015, reveals that 98% of cities with over 100,000 inhabitants in low- and middle-income countries do not meet WHO air quality guidelines.

So which cities have the worst air quality?

Of the 3,000 cities in the WHO’s air quality database, the most polluted at the time of measurement was Onitsha, a fast-growing city in Nigeria, which recorded roughly 30 times more than the WHO’s recommended levels of PM10 particles. Peshawar in Pakistan was in second place, followed by Zabol in Iran.

These cities are mostly located in rapidly growing economies in the Middle East and South East Asia. Four of the 20 urban areas with the worst air quality at the time of measurement were in Nigeria, three were in Saudi Arabia, three were in India, and two in Iran.

China, which has been working to tackle its air pollution problem, is the only country with just one city on the most polluted list.

The Eastern Mediterranean (covering the Middle East and parts of North Africa) and South East Asia were the regions that performed worst overall in the database – with urban air pollution rising 5% in more than two-thirds of cities. Annual mean levels of air pollution in cities in these regions often exceeded five to 10 times WHO limits.

Among mega-cities (urban areas with over 14 million inhabitants) Delhi and Cairo had the highest levels of urban air pollution.

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The report urges policy-makers at international, national and city level to promote cleaner transport, more efficient energy production and waste management.

Despite the bad news, the data also revealed that more than half of the monitored cities in high-income countries and more than one-third in low and middle-income countries reduced their air pollution levels by more than 5% in five years.

Commenting on the data, Dr Maria Neira, Director of the WHO’s Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, said: “Urban air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate, wreaking havoc on human health.

At the same time, awareness is rising and more cities are monitoring their air quality. When air quality improves, global respiratory and cardiovascular-related illnesses decrease.”

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Which City Across The Globe is The Best to Live In?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on February 24, 2016

Worldwide Quality of Living Survey

— Personal safety key factor in determining expat quality of living

— Vienna ranks highest in overall quality of living

— Luxembourg ranks highest for personal safety; Baghdad lowest

— London ranks 39th in overall quality of living in UK; 72nd in personal safety

For its 2016 Quality of Living Survey, global consulting firm Mercer analyzed local living conditions in 460 cities based on 40 factors including political stability, Personal safety, crime, access to medical supplies and services, air pollution, schools and recreation.

The annual list is used to help multinational companies decide fair compensation for employees assigned abroad.

Vienna is the world’s best city to live in; Baghdad is the worst, and London, Paris and New York do not even make it into the top 35, according to international research into quality of life.

German-speaking cities dominate the rankings in the 18th Mercer Quality of Life study, with Vienna joined by Zurich, Munich, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt in the top seven.

The European migrant crisis, which has seen large numbers of refugees and asylum seekers pass through Vienna en route to Germany, has had little impact on the city of nearly 1.8 million people. (we shall see that in the coming few years)

Auckland in New Zealand was the highest ranking English-speaking city in the survey, in third place, followed by Vancouver in fifth. Australian cities also perform very highly in the survey, with Sydney 10th and Melbourne 15th. The Economist has consistently ranked Melbourne as the world’s most liveable city, although its survey has been criticised as too Anglocentric.

War and political unrest are behind all the worst-ranked cities in the world. Surprisingly, Damascus is named as only the seventh worst, ranked better than not just Baghdad but also Bangui in Central African Republic, Sana’a in Yemen, Port-au-Prince in Haiti, Khartoum in Sudan, and N’Djamena in Chad.

Best Places to Live in The World

Rank

City

Country

1

Vienna

Austria

2

Zurich

Switzerland

3

Auckland

New Zealand

4

Munich

Germany

5

Vancouver

Canada

6

Dusseldorf

Germany

7

Frankfurt

Germany

8

Geneva

Switzerland

9

Copenhagen

Denmark

10

Sydney

Australia

11

Amsterdam

Netherlands

12

Wellington

New Zealand

13

Berlin

Germany

14

Bern

Switzerland

15

Toronto

Canada

15

Melbourne

Australia

17

Ottawa

Canada

18

Hamburg

Germany

19

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

19

Stockholm

Sweden

21

Brussels

Belgium

21

Perth

Australia

23

Montreal

Canada

24

Stuttgart

Germany

24

Nurnberg

Germany

26

Singapore

Singapore

27

Adelaide

Australia

28

San Francisco

US

28

Canberra

Australia

30

Helsinki

Finland

30

Oslo

Norway

32

Calgary

Canada

33

Dublin

Ireland

34

Boston

US

35

Honolulu

US

36

Brisbane

Australia

37

Paris

France

38

Lyon

France

39

Barcelona

Spain

39

London

UK

41

Milan

Italy

42

Lisbon

Portugal

43

Chicago

US

44

New York

US

44

Tokyo

Japan

46

Seattle

US

46

Kobe

Japan

46

Edinburgh

UK

49

Los Angeles

US

49

Yokohama

Japan

51

Washington DC

US

52

Madrid

Spain

53

Birmingham

UK

53

Rome

Italy

55

Glasgow

UK

56

Pittsburgh

US

57

Philadelphia

US

58

Osaka

Japan

59

Aberdeen

UK

60

Leipzig

Germany

61

Minneapolis

US

62

Nagoya

Japan

63

Dallas

US

64

Belfast

UK

65

Houston

US

66

Miami

US

67

Atlanta

US

68

St. Louis

US

69

Prague

Czech Republic

70

Detroit

US

70

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

72

Pointe-a-Pitre

Guadeloupe

73

Seoul

South Korea

74

San Juan

Puerto Rico

75

Dubai

United A. Emirates

76

Ljubljana

Slovenia

77

Budapest

Hungary

78

Montevideo

Uruguay

79

Vilnius

Lithuania

79

Warsaw

Poland

81

Abu Dhabi

United A. Emirates

82

Bratislava

Slovakia

83

Port Louis

Mauritius

84

Taipei

Taiwan

85

Durban

South Africa

86

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

87

Athens

Greece

88

Limassol

Cyprus

89

Tallinn

Estonia

90

Riga

Latvia

91

Busan

South Korea

92

Cape Town

South Africa

93

Buenos Aires

Argentina

94

Santiago

Chile

95

Johannesburg

South Africa

96

Panama City

Panama

97

Victoria

Seychelles

98

Zagreb

Croatia

99

Wroclaw

Poland

100

Taichung

Taiwan

101

Shanghai

China

102

Bandar Seri Beg,

Brunei

103

Johor Bahru

Malaysia

104

Tel Aviv

Israel

105

San Jose

Costa Rica

106

Brasilia

Brazil

107

Muscat

Oman

108

Monterrey

Mexico

109

Bucharest

Romania

110

Doha

Qatar

111

Noumea

New Caledonia

112

Nassau

Bahamas

113

Tunis

Tunisia

114

Asuncion

Paraguay

115

Sofia

Bulgaria

116

Rabat

Morocco

117

Rio De Janeiro

Brazil

118

Beijing

China

119

Guangzhou

China

120

Amman

Jordan

121

Sao Paulo

Brazil

122

Istanbul

Turkey

123

Lima

Peru

124

Kuwait City

Kuwait

125

Manaus

Brazil

126

Casablanca

Morocco

127

Mexico City

Mexico

128

Quito

Ecuador

129

Bangkok

Thailand

130

Bogota

Colombia

131

Windhoek

Namibia

132

Colombo

Sri Lanka

133

Manama

Bahrain

134

Chengdu

China

135

Santo Domingo

Dominican Rep

136

Manila

Philippines

137

Nanjing

China

137

Shenzhen

China

139

Hyderabad

India

139

Xian

China

141

Belgrade

Serbia

142

Jakarta

Indonesia

142

Gaborone

Botswana

144

Pune

India

145

Bengaluru

India

146

Chongqing

China

147

Port of Spain

Trinidad & Tobago

147

Qingdao

China

149

Lusaka

Zambia

150

Chennai

India

151

Kingston

Jamaica

152

Guatemala City

Guatemala

152

Mumbai

India

152

Ho Chi Minh C.

Vietnam

155

Hanoi

Vietnam

156

La Paz

Bolivia

157

Shenyang

China

158

Sarajevo

Bosnia-Herzegovina

159

Skopje

Macedonia

160

Kolkata

India

161

New Delhi

India

162

Dakar

Senegal

163

Libreville

Gabon

164

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia

165

Jeddah

Saudi Arabia

166

Accra

Ghana

167

Moscow

Russia

168

Jilin

China

169

Kampala

Uganda

170

Vientiane

Laos

171

Cairo

Egypt

172

Managua

Nicaragua

173

San Salvador

El Salvador

174

St. Petersburg

Russia

175

Blantyre

Malawi

176

Almaty

Kazakhstan

176

Kiev

Ukraine

178

Maputo

Mozambique

179

Tirana

Albania

180

Beirut

Lebanon

181

Cotonou

Benin

182

Yerevan

Armenia

183

Banjul

Gambia

184

Nairobi

Kenya

185

Caracas

Venezuela

186

Tegucigalpa

Honduras

187

Algiers

Algeria

188

Tbilisi

Georgia

189

Djibouti

Djibouti

190

Minsk

Belarus

191

Kigali

Rwanda

191

Havana

Cuba

193

Islamabad

Pakistan

194

Yaounde

Cameroon

195

Phnom Penh

Cambodia

196

Douala

Cameroon

197

Baku

Azerbaijan

198

Dar Es Salaam

Tanzania

199

Lahore

Pakistan

199

Luanda

Angola

201

Yangon

Myanmar

202

Karachi

Pakistan

203

Tehran

Iran

204

Lome

Togo

205

Tashkent

Uzbekistan

206

Abidjan

Ivory Coast

207

Addis Ababa

Ethiopia

208

Ashgabat

Turkmenistan

209

Harare

Zimbabwe

210

Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan

211

Lagos

Nigeria

212

Abuja

Nigeria

212

Dushanbe

Tajikistan

214

Dhaka

Bangladesh

215

Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso

216

Tripoli

Libya

217

Niamey

Niger

218

Antananarivo

Madagascar

219

Bamako

Mali

220

Nouakchott

Mauritania

221

Conakry

Guinea Republic

222

Kinshasa

DR Congo

223

Brazzaville

Congo

224

Damascus

Syria

225

N’Djamena

Chad

226

Khartoum

Sudan

227

Port-au-Prince

Haiti

228

Sana’a

Yemen

229

Bangui

Central A. Republic

230

Baghdad

Iraq

 

Source

Interactive Maps

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