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Here are the world’s worst cities for air pollution (Al Gore Suicide Watch)
QZ/Quartz ^ | 10/20/2013 | By Ritchie King and Lily Kuo

Posted on 10/20/2013 7:43:59 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache

Here are the world’s worst cities for air pollution, and they’re not the ones you’d expect.

In 2010, some 223,000 people around the world died from lung cancer caused by exposure to air pollution, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday. And more than half of those deaths are believed to have been in China and elsewhere in East Asia. Here are the world’s worst cities for air pollution, according to the WHO. +

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Exposure to air pollution is getting worse in parts of the world, especially industrializing countries, according to the WHO. The WHO’s key announcement yesterday was that it has included outdoor air pollution on its definitive list of the world’s known carcinogens—an addition that, it hopes, will get governments to do something about it. Air pollution is the world’s worst environmental carcinogen and more dangerous than second-hand smoke, for instance, the health body said. +

As the chart above shows, the cities with the worst air are often not big capitals, but provincial places with heavy industry in them or nearby. Ahwaz, for instance, in southwestern Iran, far outstrips infamously polluted cities like New Delhi or Beijing, with 372 parts per million of particles smaller than 10 micrometers (PM10), compared to the world average of 71. Life expectancy for the city of 1.2 million residents is the lowest in Iran. +

Why so bad? In Ahwaz, Iranian meteorology officials have blamed the US for the spike, claiming the presence of US forces in Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s destroyed agriculture and caused desertification. But researchers cite heavy industry in and around the city, like oil, metal and petrochemical processing, and blame the desertification on the draining of marshes and a national project that has diverted local water away from the city.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: algore; globalwarming; pollution; who

1 posted on 10/20/2013 7:43:59 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache

Notice how low L.A. is. They’ve really turned it around. A combination of exhaust gas recirculation and catalytic converters.


2 posted on 10/20/2013 7:47:08 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (At least it's not written in Perl.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Looks to me like Big Al should go over and bother his buddies in Iran with his nonsense.


3 posted on 10/20/2013 7:48:22 PM PDT by Paulie
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To: Jeff Chandler

YES and the U.S. is ALWAYS the focus of the U.N. and the global warming elite limo liberals as the reason to blame. Like every other freaking problem in this world....the finger is pointed towards Islamic nations.


4 posted on 10/20/2013 7:48:35 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

>>Notice how low L.A. is. They’ve really turned it around.<<

When I was a kid we used to have “smog alerts.” I don’t think we have had them in the last 25 years.


5 posted on 10/20/2013 7:50:02 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: freedumb2003

Dallas has smog and ozone alerts all summer long...shocked they are not on the list.


6 posted on 10/20/2013 7:50:50 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

“Dust” is being redefined as “pollution.”


7 posted on 10/20/2013 7:52:18 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

Well we got rid of air pollution, but the Left realized it wasn’t enough for them to gain power, so then they had to invent other crises’ such as “Acid Rain” in the 70s, then of course, when that failed, we got “Global Warming”, then “Climate Change.”


8 posted on 10/20/2013 7:55:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: My Favorite Headache

My son has to do business in Beijing from time to time, and he says the pollution is absolutely horrible. I’m really surprised that it’s worse in all those Muslim countries. I wouldn’t have thought they were that industrialized.

Camel farts?


9 posted on 10/20/2013 7:57:58 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

10 posted on 10/20/2013 7:59:20 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: My Favorite Headache

I looked up Ahwaz, Iran on Google Maps. It a city in a desert, not unlike Las Vegas, except the desert goes on much farther. Of course it is going to have an uncontrollable dust problem. The only things they could possibly do bring down the levels of dust are to encase the city in a large sci-fi dome like Logan’s Run, or move the city.


11 posted on 10/20/2013 7:59:33 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Jeff Chandler

I grew up in LA. 64 years.

It was hell when I was a child. But today, I see very lovely clear skies.


12 posted on 10/20/2013 8:00:31 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Cicero

Probably volatiles from all the oil operations in the desert.


13 posted on 10/20/2013 8:02:03 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Where are the Texas cities? According to the moonbats, Texas is polluting the world.


14 posted on 10/20/2013 8:03:49 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Ahwaz has 3.2 million people and moving it might be tough


15 posted on 10/20/2013 8:04:30 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: freedumb2003

I seem to remember that Phil Silvers got Uncle Jed Clampett to finance the boring of a huge hole through the mountains east of LA, and the mounting a huge exhaust fan inside. LA was going to get the clean air, the people on the other side of the mountains were going to get the smog, and Uncle Jed was gonna get the shaft.


16 posted on 10/20/2013 8:06:23 PM PDT by stickywillie (how come there are no father-in-law jokes?)
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To: My Favorite Headache

So our worst city is equal to Paris.

When I was a kid we traveled through Pittsburg in the mid 50’s, couldn’t see very far. Then in 61 we went to New York to put my older sister on a steamship for a European trip and it was pretty much just a constant haze.


17 posted on 10/20/2013 8:07:29 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: My Favorite Headache

Albore flew where on his private jet and rode in his stretch limos to say this?


18 posted on 10/20/2013 8:10:00 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: My Favorite Headache

The only reason Hilo, HI is even ON that list is because of the ACTIVE Volcano just down the road. Sometimes you can smell it, but it’s Mother Nature, NOT human-Caused.


19 posted on 10/20/2013 8:10:39 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Ulaanbaatar has these big giant, Soviet era, mattress burning power plants that dump horrific amounts of smog.

It will snow in the punch bowl, and within hours, all of the snow capped mountains are browned. It is pretty nasty.

No kidding, you have to wash your clothes twice and rinse extra when you get back to the states to get the smell out.

The countryside is gorgeous, but the capitol is everything you'd expect in a glorious utopian paradise.

20 posted on 10/20/2013 8:10:56 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Jim Robinson

Watch out, Jim.
algore’s coming for ya.


21 posted on 10/20/2013 8:12:18 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Notice that all the EU cities are in former Soviet Bloc countries. That’s the dirty little secret that leftists want hidden. For all the talk of the damage that capitalists do to the environment, the damage is multiplied when a government controls the production.


22 posted on 10/20/2013 9:07:44 PM PDT by sharkhawk (Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Dallas just isn’t in the same league as the pollution overseas when actually measure it.


23 posted on 10/20/2013 9:11:06 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Horton doesn’t really give a “WHO”.


24 posted on 10/20/2013 10:12:30 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: GeronL

To #15> re “moving Ahwaz”. No problem if everyone pushes at the same time.

Or they could all knit blankets to cover the desert. Whichever is easier.


25 posted on 10/20/2013 10:14:49 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: My Favorite Headache

How did Tokyo get off the list? At one time the air was so bad that people used to weear face masks and there were oxygen dispensers on the streets [similar to parking meters] where you deposited so many yen for several minutes’ worth of raw oxygen.


26 posted on 10/20/2013 10:24:43 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: freedumb2003

I lived in Pasadena in the early ‘70s. On bad days, my eyes felt like the air had as much sulfuric acid as oxygen.


27 posted on 10/20/2013 10:36:39 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: left that other site

Yup. Kilauea Volcano, and today and yesterday have been oppressive, but only several days per year in Hilo proper. If they are considering the southern and southwestern parts of the island, the vog has been regular for quite a while. It could stop at any moment, or run for eternity


28 posted on 10/20/2013 10:42:16 PM PDT by jobim (.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Lots of sandy places on that list. And not much water to wet down the dirt.


29 posted on 10/20/2013 11:10:52 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Impeach We Much!)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

lol


30 posted on 10/20/2013 11:32:41 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: My Favorite Headache
I would like to see Fairbanks, Alaska's numbers divided up between seasons, summer and winter.

In winter there are thousands of wood stoves caused by the outrageous price of other sources of energy.

In summer, we are usually surrounded by tens of thousands of square miles of uncontrolled forest fires. I have asthma and sometimes it hurts to breathe. It feels like someone is standing on my chest. I am not bothered in winter...

31 posted on 10/21/2013 12:57:14 AM PDT by snowtigger (. Thanx to Charlie Daniels, " Let them win, or bring them HOME")
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To: jobim

Indeed. That is why I felt it was inappropriate to list Hilo as a “Polluted” City!

And i would put up with the vog...I LUV DA BIG ISLAND!
Aloha.


32 posted on 10/21/2013 4:28:49 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: sharkhawk

Indeed.
My Best GF was in Romania when Ceausescu was removed.

There was a grey city (cement plants), a red city (bauxite), a white city (God Knows), and thousands of filthy orphanages for “the CHILDREN”.

A real workers paradise.


33 posted on 10/21/2013 4:32:17 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Perhaps they are not real but the imagination of some agenda driven wackos developing and then feeding numbers to the paper.


34 posted on 10/21/2013 4:36:04 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Paulie

Perhaps this is Al’s way of going “international.” Funds here must be drying up.


35 posted on 10/21/2013 5:06:05 AM PDT by stilloftyhenight (TEA baby! Let's roll!)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Each one run by an Islamist a Communist a Liberal or a Democrat (oh never mind I'm being redundant).
36 posted on 10/21/2013 10:19:16 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: snowtigger

I was wondering why Fairbanks was on the list


37 posted on 10/21/2013 10:45:13 AM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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