Monday, October 29, 2018

The World's Worst Air Pollution Hotspots


A cluster of coal fired power plants in Mpumalanga in South Africa are responsible for the world's worst air pollution hotspot. Europe's largest hotspot is around the Niederaussem coal plant in Germany. This is closely followed by London's air pollution hotspot caused by car emissions.

Greenpeace has used satellite imagery from 1 June and 31 August 2018 to determine NO2 levels around the world. The worst NO2 levels can be found almost exclusively around coal fired power plants and locations with heavy car traffic or other transport.

Greenpeace's NO2 Hotspots interactive map shows you where the worst levels of NO2 air pollution can be found around the world. The map also includes a layer which allows you to view the locations of coal, oil and gas fired power plants. This allows you to see for yourself where pollution hotspots correlate to the location of power plants.
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