This World Map Displays Current Pollution Levels in Each City

By: Katherine Pendrill - Dec 8, 2015
References: air.plumelabs & fastcoexist
The Paris-based organization 'Plume Labs' recently debuted a digital map that displays current pollution levels in cities all over the world. As scientific research continues to show, smog is a problem faced by the majority of the world's cities. This map provides a visual way to conceptualize the problem by using real-time data.

The 'Worldwide Air Map' is a digital map that reveals current pollution levels all over the world. The map features small blue bubbles that mark how clean the air is in each city. The darker the bubble appears, the more polluted the air is. The map continuously updates according to open data gathered from air quality monitors located in 40 different countries around the world. As the CEO and founder of Plume Labs Romain Lacombe explains, the map "reveals the invisible by visualizing the pollution in the air we breathe, live and all around the world, rather than city by city."

The map ultimately serves as a global reminder that air pollution is a global issue that requires a collective effort from citizens in every country.