APH compares air pollution levels in some of the most popular holiday destinations

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According to research published by Nature, over three million people around the world die prematurely each year from outdoor pollution. For those holidaymakers concerned about air quality when travelling abroad, we have commissioned a guide* comparing air pollution levels in some of the world’s top holiday destinations.

The World Air Quality Index advises tourists visiting cities with an Air Quality Index greater than 151 to stay away from physically demanding activities since the high levels of pollution could cause health problems in the general population.

With an Air Quality Index of 328, Beijing has the highest level of pollution, according to the study.
The ecosystem and travellers are both deemed to be at risk from this high amount of pollution.
Dubai, which has the second-highest pollution levels on the list, has an Air Quality Index of 222, which is regarded to be in very poor condition.

Ankara (101), Kuala Lumpur (120), Istanbul (135), and Mumbai are among the cities with an Air Quality Index ranging from 101 to 200 that are deemed to have harmful levels of air pollution (155).

While Amsterdam and London both have an average air pollution level of 66 and 77, respectively, Paris, Venice, and Madrid have good air pollution levels in Europe, all having an Air Quality Index of 46 or below.

Bangkok, with an Air Quality Index of 18, has the least amount of pollution, followed by Washington, D.C., with a reading of 24, San Francisco, with a reading of 25, and Madrid, with a reading of 25.

COUNTRY

CITY

AIR QUALITY INDEX
(AQI)

TEMPERATURE

Australia

Melbourne

70

17°C

Sydney

52

28°C

Brazil

Sao Paulo

41

22°C

China

Beijing

328

24°C

Hong Kong

95

25°C

France

Paris

38

16°C

Nice

72

19°C

Germany

Berlin

61

14°C

India

Mumbai

155

34°C

Italy

Rome

77

25°C

Venice

46

19°C

Japan

Tokyo

59

18°C

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

120

28°C

Mexico

Mexico City

91

12°C

Peru

Lima

86

18°C

Portugal

Lisbon

42

22°C

Spain

Barcelona

41

24°C

Madrid

25

16°C

Thailand

Bangkok

18

27°C

The Netherlands

Amsterdam

66

16°C

Turkey

Istanbul

135

18°C

Ankara

101

21°C

United Kingdom

London

77

16°C

UAE

Dubai

222

40°C

USA

New York

28

13°C

Los Angeles

55

16°C

San Francisco

25

17°C

Washington

24

9°C

KEY

API

Air Pollution Level

0 – 50

Good

51 – 100

Moderate

101 – 200

Unhealthy

201 – 300

Very unhealthy

301 – 500

Hazardous

500+

Emergency

*The research for the Air Quality Index and temperature in each of the cities in the study was collected for APH between 12pm and 1pm GMT on 6 October 2015 using data available from https://aqicn.org/map/world.

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2 comments for “APH compares air pollution levels in some of the most popular holiday destinations

  1. Piper Jamie says:

    When some countries like Thailand cheated on the measurement (using PM10 not PM2.5) you can’t compare the data. Bangkok air is extremely polluted. Do better research before you write an article.

  2. Justin Thyme says:

    Not true. It depends on the day. The average PM2.5 in Bangkok was 73 in 2017. Some days the PM2.5 exceeds 200. Nov-Feb most days are well above 100 PM2.5.

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