The World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Bath have creative an interactive map demonstrating findings from their newly developed method for calculating air pollution which reveals that 92 percent of the world’s population live in places with dangerously high levels of pollution. The method uses satellite and ground-level data and airflow models to calculate the concentration of ultra-fine particulate matter, such as sulphate and nitrates, which can increase people’s risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. They found that the vast majority of people live in areas where air pollution levels exceed the WHO-recommended limit of 10 micrograms per cubic meter.
Mapping Dangerous Levels of Air Pollution
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.