Traveling and like to breathe fresh air? Where not to go

Traveling and like to breathe fresh air? Where not to go

The Gulf region may be the leader in luxury travel and tourism, but it does have the worst air quality in the world. As part of the Earth Day campaign for greener cities, Eco2Greetings wants the world to adopt methods such as joining the solar revolution, opting for green buildings with a focus on renewable energy, and deciding on other modes of transport like a bike or the bus to help reduce harmful emissions.

Toxic cities are mostly a man-made problem. The single largest source of air pollutants is the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and gasoline. Fossil fuels are used for heating, to operate transportation vehicles, in generating electricity, and in manufacturing and other industrial processes. Burning these fuels causes smog, acid rain and greenhouse gas emissions.

Middle-Eastern oil-rich countries dominate the top ten spaces on the most polluted list of cities. Such cities are located in :

  1. Saudi Arabia, particle matter level of 108.

  2. Qatar, particle matter level of 103.

  3. Egypt, particle matter level of 93.

  4. Bangladesh, particle matter level of 84.

  5. Kuwait, particle matter level of 75.

  6. Cameroon, particle matter level of 65.

  7. Mauritania particle matter level of 65.

  8. Nepal, particle matter level of 64.

  9. United Arab Emirates, particle matter level of 64.

  10. India, particle matter level of 62.

  1. Libya, particle matter level of 61.

  2. Bahrain, particle matter level of 60.

  3. Pakistan, particle matter level of 60.

  4. Niger, particle matter level of 59.

  5. Uganda, particle matter level of 57.

  6. China, particle matter level of 54.

  7. Myanmar, particle matter level of 51.

  8. Iraq, particle matter level of 50.

  9. Bhutan, particle matter level of 48.

  10. Oman, particle matter level of 48.

The United Kingdom is placed 159th on the list with a particle matter level of 12. The USA have been given the 173rd spot, with an impressively low particle matter level of 8.

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The interactive map also shows that countries such as China, who are infamous for the lack of clean air within their cities, have polluted air levels that are HALF of the amount of Saudi Arabia. China scored a level of 54 compared to the Saudi Arabia’s horrifying particle matter score of 108. Saudi Arabia is the top offender in the most polluted city stakes.

The likelihood of developing cardiovascular diseases, cancer and stroke are heightened in areas with high pollution and studies prove that child mortality rates are higher in countries with greater air pollution. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), air pollution is now a greater threat to health than Ebola or HIV and 80% of all urban areas have air pollution levels above hat is considered healthy.

It is not all doom and gloom, some of the cleanest air in the world belongs to New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Brunei Darussalam, who all boast an impressive level of particle matter at 5.

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Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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