Pollution.org

Following the publication of The Lancet Commission on Pollution + Health, this website was developed to show exposures related to modern pollution.

This interactive map provides data on air and soil pollution globally. Sources are credible, government approved datasets, updated on a regular basis.

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Pollution.org


Following the publication of The Lancet Commission on Pollution + Health, this website was developed to show exposures related to modern pollution.

This interactive map provides data on air and soil pollution globally. Sources are credible, government approved datasets, updated on a regular basis. More

Air Pollution
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Air pollution data set provided by AirVisual, spanning 9000+ cities globally, a list which is growing every day. The data set gets updated once daily.

Pollution data source:
Contaminated Sites
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Data is provided from the Pure Earth Toxic Sites Investigation Program, and other soil and chemical datasets as available.

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Pollution Deaths
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Data is given in Death or DALY metrics from the The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. Data is presented on a country by country basis, and can be sorted based on risk factors.

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Only a part of the pollution problem can be visualized here, as data is incomplete. For example, air pollution is reasonably well measured in the US and Europe. But in the developing world, only a few countries, and sometimes only a few cities measure their air quality adequately. You may think, as a result, that the US and Europe look more polluted, as they have many monitors. But this is not the case! In fact, countries with more monitors will probably have more programs to reduce pollution. Many countries do not have any monitors at all and could easily be highly polluted.

Similarly, contaminated site data (usually soil and heavy metals pollution) is available for only some low and middle-income countries. (Please also note that we have not listed any contaminated sites in the developed world intentionally). If you see few or zero contaminated sites in one country or city, this does not mean the place is free of them. Instead, it merely means that there has not been enough study done to find them.

In an effort to fill in the many gaps in the available data, citizens can add their own data, utilizing the ReportPollution.org website where citizen reports are uploaded and then reviewed by Pure Earth for potential investigation as part of its Toxic Sites Investigation Program. These nominations of pollution will be integrated, after validation, and scientific verification, into the Contaminated Sites feature of this site.

Air pollution data set provided by AirVisual, spanning 9000+ cities globally, a list which is growing every day. The data set gets updated once daily.

WQI – UNEP/GEMS water and EEA Waterbase

The Global Environment Monitoring System for freshwater (GEMS/Water) provides the world community with sound data on fresh water quality to support scientific assessments and decision-making on the subject. Surface and ground water quality monitoring data collected from the global GEMS/Water monitoring network is shared through the GEMStat information system. Learn more at https://www.unep.org/gemswater/who-we-are/overview

A ranking system, the Blacksmith Index, ranks the severity of the site using a logarithmic scale. See these publications for detailed methodology.

A Simplified Risk-Ranking System for Prioritizing Toxic Pollution Sites in Low-and Middle-Income Countries