Index of air quality in the world's major cities: January 17

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Daily air quality index of some of the world's major cities on January 17, using data from AirNow, CITEAIR, and the American Embassy in Beijing.



City

Average Friday 14/01/2011 Average Monday 17/01/2011

London (UK)

  Good                                                    Good
Madrid (Spain) Good Good                                                          

Paris (France)

Good Good

Brussels (Belgium)  

Good Good

Berlin (Germany )

Good Good

Prague (Czech Republic)

Good Good

Zurich (Switzerland)

Good Good

Beijing (China)  

Moderate Moderate

Beijing - US embassy stats

Good Moderate

Shanghai (China)  

Good Moderate

Hong Kong (China)

Moderate Moderate

Brunei (Brunei)

Good Good

New York (USA)  

Moderate Moderate

San Francisco (USA)

Moderate Moderate

Mexico City (Mexico )

Moderate Moderate

Montreal (Canada)

Good NA

Toronto (Canada)

Good NA

New Delhi (India)

Hazardous 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.

Legend 

Air Quality

 

Good

 

Moderate

 

Unhealthy for sensitive groups

 

Unhealthy

 

Very Unhealthy

 

Hazardous

 

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 9:00am GMT on January 17.

http://www.airqualitynow.eu
http://www.airnow.gov

 

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