Wednesday, May 19, 2010

PM10 Pollution @ Country Level

Data and report from the World Bank

Particulate Matter under 10 micron meter diameter are capable of penetrating deep into the respiratory tract and causing significant health damage.

Data for countries and aggregates for regions and income groups are urban-population weighted PM10 levels in residential areas of cities with more than 100,000 residents. The estimates represent the average annual exposure level of the average urban resident to outdoor particulate matter. The state of a country's technology and pollution controls is an important determinant of particulate matter concentrations.

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Source: Kiren Dev Pandey, David Wheeler, Bart Ostro, Uwe Deichmann, Kirk Hamilton, and Katherine Bolt. "Ambient PM in Residential and Pollution Hotspot Areas of World Cities: New Estimates Based on the Global Model of Ambient Particulates (GMAPS)," World Bank (2006).

Contact the authors for a copy of the report.

A comparison of pollution vs. population across urban centers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America is presented below.

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