The world’s most toxic countries have been revealed by this map — demonstrating the shocking and deadly extent of air pollution. The 1st 20 countries according to the raking are listed below:
Beijing, and wider China, is infamous for its pollution — enough to put it 20th on the list of most toxic countries in the world.
Plagued by suicide bombings and kidnapping, Baghdad is one of the world’s most dangerous cities. Iraq is also one of the world’s most polluted countries.
The island city-state off southern Malaysia is home to 5.4million people.
The landlocked Balkan state is among just a few European countries on The Eco Experts’ list.
16. South Korea
Seoul, one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations, but is also capital of one of the world’s most toxic countries.
Ulaanbaatar is home to almost half of Mongolia’s population and is infamous for its smog.
14. Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Balkan state has made a slow recovery since war ravaged the area in the early 1990s.
The country has the highest concentrations of carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide in the world, according to a report by the European Environment Agency.
This small country is the highest European state on the list.
Tehran is the second most populous city in Western Asia, but is plagued by smog.
10. Trinidad and Tobago
Air pollution is having a severe effect on health on these islands
This Central Asian country has huge problems with both air and radioactive pollution.
The Libyan Civil War has been raging since 2014. Its cities produce about 0.6 million tons of solid waste per year.
Use of fertiliser on cotton and other crops has caused a large chemical pollution problem.
The country, on the Arabian Peninsula, is just outside the top five. It is heavily dependent on its oil resources.
5. United Arab Emirates
The region, made up of seven emirates, was named the most polluted in the world in 2015.
The country, a nation comprising more than 30 islands in the Persian Gulf, is regularly named as one of the world’s most toxic countries.
Home to the 2022 football World Cup, the country is one of the world’s most polluted — particularly its capital, Doha.
Oil drilling has had a deep and long-lasting effect on pollution.
1. Saudi Arabia
According to Eco Experts, Saudi Arabia is the world’s most toxic country. The problems in the capital Riyadh are particularly pronounced. The proven oil reserves here are the second largest in the world.
The Eco Experts created the diagram, using data that takes into account the number of deaths caused by toxic air and the overall carbon dioxide emissions across the globe.
The results take in 135 countries in the world, with oil-rich countries dominating the top 10.
The UK ranks at 81st for toxicity and has the 37th highest carbon dioxide emissions in the world.
2016 was officially named the hottest year on record and, last summer, a huge crack appeared in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctic.
Data for the research was obtained from the International Energy Agency and World Health Organization (WHO).
Each country’s performance was ranked on five factors: Energy consumption, per capita; carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion, per capita; air pollution; deaths attributable to air pollution, per 100,00 capita; renewable energy production.
John Whitling of The Eco Experts said that the map is a way of “naming and shaming the worst offenders around the world” and demonstrate the dangers.
The WHO has reported that, in 2012, around 7 million people died as a result of air pollution exposure — that is, one in eight of total global deaths.