Is Beijing or Delhi Air Worse?

Beijing and Delhi often make headlines for air polluted cities, but which city has worse air? I wanted to get some hard numbers on how the two cities’ air quality compare.   The Data To do that, I analyzed PM2.5 data from the US Embassies in Delhi and government monitors …

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Is China to Blame for Seoul’s Air Pollution?

Air pollution is a serious problem in Seoul, which South Koreans have often blamed China for. Is that fact or a convenient scapegoat? After all, Seoul is a densely populated, developed city that depends on coal power plants. South Korea certainly has its own sources of pollution. To get to …

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How Bad Is the Air Pollution in Seoul?

How bad is the air pollution in Seoul, South Korea? On the one hand, Seoul is a modern, developed place, which means it shouldn’t be that bad. On the other hand, news media have reported several bad smog attacks in the last year. I wanted to get some hard numbers …

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Hong Kong’s Air Quality Might Not Be as Good as You Think

Hong Kong doesn’t come to mind when people think of air pollution. However, the data tells a different story–one that has important implications for Hong Kongers’ health. Hong Kong’s Air Pollution in Numbers I just analyzed data on Hong Kong’s pollution data and found that PM2.5 averaged 30 micrograms in 2018. …

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London’s PM2.5 Pollution Levels Are Above Safe Limits

Over 100 years after “London Fog,” is London’s air safe? I just analyzed data on London’s PM2.5 air pollution—tiny particles in the air measuring 2.5 microns and below. In 2018, London averaged 12 micrograms of PM2.5, that’s higher than the World Health Organisation annual limit.   What Does That Mean? Based …

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India Delhi Indoor Air Quality vs Outdoors

Delhi’s Indoor Air Pollution Lower than Outdoors

Whether indoor air is safer than outdoor air is an important question for the millions of people living in heavily polluted cities like Delhi or Bangalore. Yet I’ve heard a lot of disagreement about this question. Is indoor air really safer than outdoor air? Is it true for all areas …

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