Most Polluted Countries In The World (Jan. 2017)

Top 11 Most Polluted Countries In The World You Should Never Plan To Retire

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Last Updated: 18-Jan-2017. Pollution is a silent killer. No matter how much money you have and how powerful a person you are, you can’t escape the wrath of pollution. Why is that? Because the very air you breathe, the water you drink and the food that you eat are all affected by pollution. And you can never be fully isolated from the effects of a polluted environment.

Pollution is the introduction of harmful substances into the environment; into air, into the water and into the earth; in the form of sounds and smog that affects the visibility. These shitty things contaminate the basic ingredients for a sustainable life on this planet. Unless one is genetically modified to assimilate and live off these harmful substances, they will have very adverse effects on the health.

Nowadays every industry, small or big has its footprint in overall pollution. Even the non-manufacturing industries have an indirect contribution towards pollution. But in any society pollution is inevitable. Even the ancient civilizations have suffered from it. An article published by Science in 1983 reveals that there was soot on the ceiling of prehistoric caves which is an indicator of pollution.

Be it burning coal or wood or metal forging, even the ancient people could not escape from it.

But the modern development frenzy is making things for us too quickly. So much so that even the vegetables and greens that we consume are already polluted with harmful chemicals – thanks to soil, water pollution and use of pesticides (which again is inevitable).

An average human being lives only around 65 years and saves for those years of suffering from diseases. So is there no way one can have a happy life in a clean environment. The situation looks bleak. But there are chances to those of you who can relocate.

The ranking of the most populated countries in the world is based on the number of cities a country has which has a PM2.5 value greater than 35. So what is the PM2.5 anyway?

PM2.5 stands for particulates, suspended solid or liquid particles in the atmosphere which are less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. Because of their infinitesimal size they can easily enter your respiratory and circulatory system and wreak havoc. They are the most dangerous. Now anywhere you go there will some suspended particulate matter. A PM2.5 value of 35 or more is considered hazardous for health.

Here are the top 11 most polluted countries in the world.

1. China


China tops the list with a total of 83 cities that has PM2.5 reading greater than or equal to 35. 83 cities is a lot and where else one can live when all the cities are polluted and hazardous? That is the problem you are faced with China.

Chinese cities are notorious for smog that blocks the vision. In fact, an environmentalist collected the particles in the smog of Beijing and created a brick out of it.

With a population of 1.5 billion, China leads the world in the manufacturing industry.

2. India



At first, we didn’t want to write this article because this makes us so sad to see that India is the no.2 most polluted country. India tops the list with 74 cities that have a PM2.5 value greater than or equal to 35.

Since India is still a developing country, industry development is necessary for providing jobs. Most of the people are dependent on the cities of their livelihood. If most of the cities are hazardous then where do you go and make a living? it’s a difficult situation.

But don’t worry, some Indian cities are also the least polluted in the earth. Mysore and Kollam are having the purest air you can breathe in India and they also have good employment opportunities.

3. Turkey

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Turkey comes in third place in the list of most polluted countries in the world with 48 cities having PM2.5 reading greater than or equal to 35. Turkey is one of the members of European Council but the environmental pollution is more than the other member states in the council.

Turkey is one of the newly industrialized countries. Well, it is self-explanatory. Turkey is among the world’s leading producers of agricultural products; textiles; motor vehicles, ships, and other transportation equipment; construction materials; consumer electronics and home appliances.

4. Poland

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Is this a shocker to you? If you couldn’t believe that a European nation is among the most polluted countries in the world, then here is the fact: Poland has 12 cities that are having PM2.5 reading greater than or equal to 35. It’s too big a number for a European nation right?

Though it had achieved high ranking in the Human Development Index, the rising pollution levels is a deterrent for one. Even more, so that the neighboring countries like Germany are more developed but controlled the pollution levels.

5. Bangladesh

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Bangladesh might be walking in the footsteps of its neighbor India and achieved 4th place in the list of most polluted countries. For an underdeveloped small country like Bangladesh, having 8 cities with a PM2.5 reading greater than or equal to 35 is a big concern.

Bangladesh is already suffering from global warming, poverty, corruption, and overpopulation. Add pollution to the mix and you have a perfect storm.

6. Bulgaria

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Bulgaria might be an unexpected contender to the list of most polluted countries in the world. Bulgaria has an emerging market economy in the upper middle-income range. The private sector accounts for more than 80% of GDP.

With scientific and technological research, Bulgaria had been transformed from an agricultural country to an industrial economy. As of now, Bulgaria has 6 cities with a PM2.5 reading greater than or equal to 35.

7. Mongolia

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This landlocked city made it to the list of most polluted countries. It has 6 cities with a PM2.5 reading greater than or equal to 35. Economic activity in Mongolia was primarily based on herding and agriculture. But with the steady growth mineral deposits of copper, coal, molybdenum, tin, tungsten, and gold have emerged as a driver of industrial production.

So now mineral industry accounts for 21.8% of its GDP.

8. Bahrain

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Bahrain is an island nation with just 55KM long and 18KM wide landmass. We are really surprised to see that this small island nation made it to the list of most polluted countries with three towns having a PM2.5 reading greater than or equal to 35.

Hamad Town has a PM2.5 reading of 66, Ma’ameer with a PM2.5 reading of 64 and Nabih Saleh with a PM2.5 reading of 58. Isn’t shocking to see this? Where else can people go to escape this pollution?

9. Chile

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The long, narrow strip of land in South America has 4 cities which are polluted and have a PM2.5 reading greater than or equal to 35. The Atacama desert contains rich deposits of copper. Chile is leading the Latin American nations in Human Development Index, competitiveness, income per capita, globalization, economic freedom, and low perception of corruption.

Copper constitutes roughly 20% of GDP.

10. Israel

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Yes, even Israel is not free from pollution and it had made it to the list of top 10 most polluted countries in the world. Israel is the most advanced country in the Southwest Asia and MiddleEast in economic and industrial development. It is said that the university education in Israel is of very high standards and the development of the nation is due to a highly motivated populace.

Yet Israel has 4 cities which are having a PM2.5 reading greater than or equal to 35.

11 . Pakistan

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If you had observed the list, it is dominated by the Asian countries. Now more Asian country on the list of most polluted countries in the world is Pakistan. Pakistan’s economy is based on agriculture, services, and manufacturing. As a developing country, Pakistan has 4 cities with a PM2.5 reading greater than or equal to 35.

We hope we had given the information to educate people on the dangers our environments pose to our health and wellbeing.
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