A day after the World Health Organization published a report linking air pollution to lung cancer, Quartz has put together a list of the most polluted cities in the world, based on data from the same organization. While the list originally came out this Spring, it’s an important reminder given the recent health news.
At the top? The city of Ahwaz, in Western Iran. With a population of more than three million, it is also the capital of the Khuzestan Province, which produces most of Iran’s oil. Like the other cities in the WHO’s top ten, it is a center of heavy industry where most of Iran’s oil come from.
Following the Arab city of Ahwaz are the Kurdish cities of Sanandaj and Kermanshah ranked third and sixth, respectively, while the Luri city of Yasouj is ranked ninth.
It is striking that among the ten most polluted cities in the world, four of them are located in Iran. Also noteworthy, all of them are cities populated by none-Persians.
The WHO report shows that in 2010, approximately 223 000 people around the world died from lung cancer. Exposure to air pollution is believed to be the cause of these cases of lung cancer.
The Islamic theocracy in Iran is purposely neglecting these and other none-Persian cities, which is having detrimental effects on the health condition of their inhabitants.
Here are the ten most polluted cities, ranked by the amount of airborne particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter per cubic meter of outdoor air:
1. Ahwaz, Iran
2. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
3. Sanandaj, Iran
4. Ludhiana, India
5. Quetta, Pakistan
6. Kermanshah, Iran
7. Peshawar, Pakistan
8. Gaborone, Botswana
9. Yasouj, Iran
10. Kanpur, India