Daily air quality index of some of the world's major cities on December 13, using data from AirNow, CITEAIR, and the American Embassy in Beijing.


Average Friday 10/12/2010   Average Monday 13/12/2010                                                        

London (UK)

NA                                                           Good

Madrid (Spain)


Paris (France)

Good Good

Brussels (Belgium)  

Good Good

Berlin (Germany )

Good Good

Prague (Czech Republic)

Good Good

Zurich (Switzerland)

Good Good

Beijing (China)  

NA Moderate

Beijing - US embassy stats

Good Moderate

Shanghai (China)  

Moderate Moderate

Hong Kong (China)

Moderate Moderate

Brunei (Brunei)

Good Good

New York (USA)  

Moderate Moderate

San Francisco (USA)

Good Moderate

Mexico City (Mexico )

Moderate Moderate

Montreal (Canada)

Moderate Good

Toronto (Canada)

Good Good

New Delhi (India)

Very unhealthy Very unhealthy

Sydney (Australia)

Good Good

The Air Quality Index (AQI) or Air Pollution Index (API) measures the parts of pollutant in a specified volume of air. The lower the AQI the fewer particles of pollution are in the air. For a more detailed explanation see http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=aqibasics.aqi.

All results are color-coded following the American AQI standard shown below. For all countries outside of Europe, the US and Canada, that region's definition of AQI terms has been accepted.


Air Quality






Unhealthy for sensitive groups




Very Unhealthy




Data: Data relating to Europe, the US and Canada is taken from CITEAIR - Common Information to European Air ( http://www.airnow.gov / http://www.airqualitynow.eu); data concerning China is taken from both official Chinese government sources and the US Embassy's automated air index Twitter account. For all countries the data displayed falls within either that country's definition of the level of air quality or the international AQI index. Data for all European, US and Canadian cities refers to background, not roadside, levels of air quality.

All data was collected at 1:00pm GMT on December 13.