Pollution.org

Following the publication of The Lancet Commission on Pollution + Health, this website shows exposures related to pollution of all types.

This interactive map provides data on air, water 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 shows exposures related to pollution of all types.

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

Air Pollution
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AQI

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.

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Contaminated Sites
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Data is provided from the Pure Earth Toxic Sites Inventory Program, and other soil and chemical datasets as available.

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Water Pollution

WQI


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 this database, citizens can add their own data, utilizing the Add Your Pollution Story feature.  These nominations of pollution will be integrated, after validation, into government processes. Site that are verified as toxic will be visited, if resources are available, and added into the toxic sites inventory program, and from there included in collaborative government processes that can lead to solutions.

In addition, data regarding death and disability from pollution, taken from the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health can be accessed in a separate layer.  The Lancet data lists 2015 Global Burden of Disease (deaths and DALYs) by country from certain forms of pollution. Available data shows that pollution causes 16% of all deaths globally, killing 9 million people every year. 92% of these pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. However, the data is an underestimation because accurate data is missing from many pollutants, and many severely affected countries have insufficient data.

This website is the first step towards one objective of the Commission on Pollution and Health; to create a Global Pollution Observatory, an international, multidisciplinary collaboration focused on coordinating information from all forms of pollution in countries around the world, especially low and middle-income countries. This website will develop as more data is made available for public access.

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