The world’s most toxic countries ranked on new map • Earth.com

Last update: April 9th, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes courtesy of The Eco Experts and features a color-coded ranking of the most toxic countries in the world. The data measures the toxicity of 135 different countries based on a number of factors including the number of deaths caused by air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions. The visual is intended to reflect the dangers to the environment and population in each nation.

Dominating the top ten most toxic are many oil-rich countries in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia takes the number one spot with the highest recorded air pollution of any country. Kuwait follows at number two, followed by Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.

The UK ranks 81st on the list in the midst of the Dieselgate emissions scandal and London pollution levels hitting a five-year high in January.

The map is intended as a means of “naming and shaming the worst offenders around the world,” said John Whitling of The Eco Experts.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 Most Toxic Countries

  1. Saudi Arabia
  2. Kuwait
  3. Qatar
  4. Bahrain
  5. United Arab Emirates
  6. Oman
  7. Turkmenistan
  8. Libya
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Trinidad and Tobago
  11. Islamic Rep of Iran
  12. Luxembourg
  13. Bulgaria
  14. Bosnia and Herzegovenia
  15. Mongolia
  16. Korea
  17. FYR of Macedonia
  18. Singapore
  19. Iraq
  20. China

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: The Eco Experts

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