Top Ten Most Polluted Countries of the World (2017)
With an average PM2.5 pollution of 57 ug/m3, Bahrain is 10th most polluted country of the world in 2017. Bahrain is a tiny nation in terms of its population as it has the population of only 1.3 million people. Bahrain is one of the richest countries in the world as GDP per capita in the country is $28,559 which puts it on the 12th position in the world in GDP. Despite its wealth, Bahrain has highly polluted air. However, life expectancy in Bahrain is good which is 76 for females and 73 for males. The main cause of air pollution of Bahrain is dust, industrial release, energy production and smoke.
India made it onto the 9th position of most polluted countries of the world because of its air pollution. The country has a low GDP per capita as it is just $5,777. India has a population of almost 1.2 billion people which makes it the second most populous country in the world. A few Indian cities are among top ten most polluted cities of the world which makes it obvious to be in the top ten most polluted countries in the world. Life expectancy on average is 67.3 for men and 69.6 for men which is lower than Bahrain, ranked at 10th in the most polluted countries of the world. High population is the ultimate cause of air pollution with the reasons like high number of vehicles, industrial emission and new constructions.
8. United Arab Emirates
One of the most richest and tourist attraction, UAE is among the most populated countries of the world as it ranks on the 8th position of top ten most polluted countries of the world. The average PM2.5 pollution in it is 61 ug/m3. These Arab states have a population of 9.2 million with one of the highest GDP which is estimated to be $30,984. The city of Al Gharbia is thought to be the most polluted city in the UAE where authorities are taking measures to bring down its pollution and improve its air quality. The states has highest life expectancy among the Arab world which is Life expectancy in the country is 76.7 years. Dubai launched the car free day in 2010 in order to bring down the air pollution and control the breathing problem in the city.
Mongolia is considered the 7th most polluted country in the world with an average PM2.5 pollution of 64 ug/m3. The country is considered among the poor countries as the GDP (PPP) per capita is low as it is just $5,371. The total population of the country is 2.96 million people which is very low as compared to other Asian countries. The pollution has its effects on the country as the average life expectancy in the country is just 68.5. Among its most polluted cities, Darkham is on the top of the list. The pollution in the city is caused by the burning of the coal for heating because the weather in the area is extremely cold.
With the average PM2.5 pollution in it is 74 ug/m3, Egypt is considered the 6th most polluted country in the world. Egypt is one of the most polluted and populated countries as its population is about 87.4 million. The GDP per capita of the country is low as it is just $6,714. Here in Egypt, life expectancy is high in contrast to its environment which is 75.20 years for females and 71.30 for males. Among its most polluted cities, the Delta area and Cairo are considered to be among the top cities. Cairo which is the capital city of Egypt is considered the most polluted city of the country. The main reasons of pollution are emission of smoke from vehicles and factories and burning of wood and coal for heating.
The average PM2.5 pollution which is 76 ug/m3 which makes Iran the 5th most polluted country of the world. Among its most polluted cities, Zabol ranks first among the most populated cities of the world. The other Iranian city which is considered the most polluted city is Khoramabad which is among the cities having worst air. The average life expectancy in Iran is 74 years which is a bit higher as compared to its neighboring countries. Iran is also among the most populated countries of the world as its population is about 77.17 million people and the GDP (PPP) per capita is also high as it is $12,478.
The 4th most polluted country in the world named Bangladesh has the average PM2.5 pollution 79 ug/m3. The population of the country is very high which about 156.59 million people which eventually makes it a big center of human activities causing air pollution. The country is among the poor countries as the GDP (PPP) per capita is low as it is $3,167. Bangladesh has three cities among the cities which has the worst air quality in the world which are the capital city of Dhaka, Narayonganj and Gazipur. The life expectancy in Bangladesh on average is normal which 70 years for both men and women.
Afghanistan is highly affected by war and this war makes its air worse because of no plantation and high amount of smoke in the air. With an average PM 2.5 pollution of 84ug/m3, it is the third most polluted country in the world. The country is among the poorest countries as the GDP (PPP) per capita is extremely low as it is estimated to be just $1,177. The life expectancy in Afghanistan is as low as it is just 60 years for both men and women. According to an estimate, the deaths caused by air pollution in the capital city of Kabul is about 3000 and the city is among the most polluted cities of the country. Due to extreme poverty, people use tires and plastic bags for burning which are the main cause of air pollution.
Interestingly, Qatar is the richest country on earth and the 2nd most polluted county at the same time. Instead of helping out the world to control pollution, Qatar is a cause of air pollution and the affected nation as well. Qatar’s population is very low as it has only 2.15 million people inside its borders. The average PM2.5 pollution in Qatar is 92 ug/m3 which makes it the second most polluted country on the planet. The GDP (PPP) per capita is extremely high and is the highest in the whole world as it records $96,903. The life expectancy in Qatar is surprisingly high as it is about 88 years for females and 78.54 for males. The most polluted city in Qatar is its capital city named Doha and the other being Al Wakrah. The main cause of air pollution in the country is construction and high number of vehicles on the road.
The average PM2.5 pollution in this country is 101 ug/m3 which makes it the most polluted country in the world and the dirtiest air containing country. Pakistan has an estimate population of 200 million people which makes it 6th most populated nation on earth. The GDP per capita is very low as it is $4,699 only. For males, the life expectancy is 63.6 and for females, it is 65.4. Karachi, Peshawar and Rawalpindi are among the most polluted Pakistani cities which make it difficult to breathe in. Around 80,000 people are admitted to the hospitals annually due to respiratory disorders. Top 10 Most Polluted Cities in the World (2017)