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Pollution

mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 31,599 mod
I'm not sure where this topic should go, as it touches on many categories: home, health, science, in the news - but countries and travel too.

Yesterday The Guardian reported on the air pollution in Kathmandu asking the question: 'Has air pollution made Kathmandu unliveable?' The article claimed Nepal’s air quality ranked 177th out of 178 countries (Yale’s 2014 Environmental Performance Index), better only than Bangladesh.

A quick check for more recent figures confirmed that though everyone often blames Delhi as the most polluted, in fact, a city in Macedonia (Tetova) is currently holding the record for having the worst air pollution in the world. Cairo comes in at number two (@aladdin, is this your home town?) and then Kathmandu is number three. Delhi in fact comes in at number eight, Dhaka at number 14 and Beijing at number 18.

But depending which statistics you look at, Delhi is still quoted as worst for air pollution. https://www.pollutionsolutions-online.com/news/air-clean-up/16/breaking_news/where_is_the_most_polluted_city_in_the_world/37240/ and http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/15/the-worlds-most-polluted-cities

How bad is pollution in your home town? What if anything are people trying to do about it? What solutions do you think are most effective?

To see how you city ranks, have a look at: http://www.numbeo.com/pollution/rankings.jsp

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