Wali Zahid

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Lahore tops world ranking for worst air quality

Wali Zahid
November 28, 2022
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28 November 2022: Lahore tops world ranking for worst air quality in Air Quality Index (AQI) 2022

Lahore tops the world ranking for worst air quality today, according to AirVisual, the real-time air quality map. Karachi comes at Number 3.

The top ten worst ranked cities include three Indian cities – Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. The Air Quality Index (AQI) 2022 top 10 cities ranking also includes Baghdad in Iraq, and Tashkent in Uzbekistan, and two cities in Poland. Nepal capital Kathmandu is also included.

Globally, South Asian cities are far from providing healthy air to their citizens. Bad air quality decreases average life expectancy besides being a source of the spread of diseases.

Since the AQI ranking is real-time, the city ranking may change as the air quality changes.

Smog on Multan Road, Lahore
Smog on Multan Road, Lahore

Every year in early winters, Lahore and adjoining cities are hit by smog. See, above photo.

See also: Faisalabad world’s 3rd dirtiest city; Lahore 10th

14 November 2020: Faisalabad tops Pakistani cities in worst air quality ranking. Photo: AQI
14 November 2020: Faisalabad tops Pakistani cities in worst air quality ranking. Photo: AQI
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Wali Zahid

Wali Zahid is a longtime China watcher and a Pakistan futurist. An award-winning journalist, he writes on issues of significance to Pakistan and CPEC & BRI.