The World's Dirtiest Cities [Forbes]
All cities are positioned against New York, the base city with an index score of 100. For the Health and Sanitation Rankings, the index scores range from the worst on the list--Baku, Azerbaijan, with a score of 27.6--to the best on the list--Calgary, Canada, with a score of 131.7.
Lead-poisoned air lands Dhaka, Bangladesh, the No. 2 spot on the list. Traffic congestion in the capital continues to worsen with vehicles emitting fatal amounts of air pollutants daily, including lead. The World Bank-funded Air Quality Management Project aims to help.
which is based on numbers from the Mercer Human Resource Consulting's 2007 Health and Sanitation Rankings.
What readers may find surprising is that China does not appear. I believe this is because Chinese cities were not included or data was not available. Otherwise I suspect the picture would be different - or would it?
The criteria are as follows:
As part of their 2007 Quality of Life Report, they ranked 215 cities worldwide based on levels of air pollution, waste management, water potability, hospital services, medical supplies and the presence of infectious disease.
Africa does badly. Where is Iran? Is is surprising that Baghdad is not higher? The bottom line appears to be that wars (civil or otherwise) and not good for your health or pollution. The scores are relative to New York = 100.
1. Baku, Azerbaijan (27.6)
2. Dhaka, Bangladesh (29.6)
3. Antanananvo, Madagascar (30.1)
4. Port au Price, Haiti (34)
5. Mexico City, Mexico (37.7)
6. Adid Ababa, Ethiopia (37.9)
7. Mumbai, India (38.2)
8. Baghdad, Iraq (39)
9. Almanty, Kazakhstan (39.1)
10. Brazzaville, Congo (39.1)
11. Ndjamena, Chad (39.7)
12. Dares Salaam, Tanzania (40.4)
13. Bangui, Central African Republic (42.1)
14. Moscow, Russia (43.4)
15. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (43.4)
16. Basmako, Mali (43.7)
17. Point Noire, Congo (43.8)
18. Lome, Togo (44.1)
19. Conakry, Guinea Republic (44.2)
20. Novakschott, Mauritania (44.7)
21. Niamey, Niger (45)
22. Luanda, Angola (45.2)
23. Maputo, Mozambique (46.3)
24. New Dehli, India (46.6)
25. Pat Harcourt, Nigeria (46.8)
As a straw poll of the geographic knowledge of G&E readers be honest and tell me how many of these cities you had heard of before reading this list. No cheating.
Over 70% would be impressive is my guess.