Researchers Reveal New List of Most Polluted Cities in the World

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 11:26

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have revealed the latest list of most polluted cities in the world.

The cities with the greatest total carbon footprint have been collated by researchers who have revealed New York and Los Angeles are both in the top five, Daily Mail reports.

They found that a significant amount of the world's carbon emissions come from only a few cities, including London which comes in at number 16.

Lead author Daniel Moran from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) says he was surprised at just how concentrated carbon footprints are.

'The top 100 highest-footprint cities worldwide drive roughly 20 per cent of the global carbon footprint,' Dr. Moran said.

In most countries (98 of 187 assessed), the top three urban areas drive more than one-quarter of national emissions

Urban areas are home to about 54 per cent of the population worldwide and account for more than 70 per cent of global energy use, the researchers say.

Seoul tops the list as the most polluting city, producing 276.1 megatonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

As well as revealing the cities that produce the most pollution, users can also see the cities with the worst carbon footprint per capita - for each member of the population.


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