Compare How Awful China's Pollution Is To Where You Live

China's pollution is bad. It's a huge problem. The air quality in Beijing has even been compared to a nuclear winter. But how does that compare to where you live?

Website Air Pollution in Asia (via Beijing Cream) tracks China's Air Quality Index in real time—as well as in other locations around the world. Thus, it's possible to compare, say, where you live to China—and, in turn, really put into context just how big of a problem pollution is for the country.

Here is a chart from the U.S. Department of State explaining the Air Quality Index:

Compare How Awful China's Pollution Is To Where You Live

And from Air Pollution in Asia, this is North America:

Compare How Awful China's Pollution Is To Where You Live

Europe:

Compare How Awful China's Pollution Is To Where You Live

Let's get a close-up of the United Kingdom and Ireland:

Compare How Awful China's Pollution Is To Where You Live

And here is (part of) Australia:

Compare How Awful China's Pollution Is To Where You Live

That's some nice air you have Australia! And here is Japan and South Korea:

Compare How Awful China's Pollution Is To Where You Live

Let's zoom in on Osaka, where I live:

Compare How Awful China's Pollution Is To Where You Live

Better than I would've thought. And what about China? Well, have a look:

Compare How Awful China's Pollution Is To Where You Live

And let's zoom in:

Compare How Awful China's Pollution Is To Where You Live

There are clearly parts of the country that are less polluted than other parts. But, as Beijing Cream points out, the air quality in Beijing isn't even the worst. Yinchuan apparently hit 999 on the Air Quality Index. Yowzers.

For comparison's sake, here's the entire world:

Compare How Awful China's Pollution Is To Where You Live

Air Pollution in Asia [Official Site via Beijing Cream]

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