These 10 Cities Are Your Best Bet At Escaping China's Epic Pollution Problem

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We always hear about pollution problems in China. But surely the whole country is covered in smog, right?

Inspired by a map put together by Eli Bildner at Tea Leaf Nation, we've created a map of China's 10 least-polluted cities using the CN Air Quality iPhone app. We've annotated it with the Air Quality Index — which measures sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxide and particulate matter levels — for each.

The consensus safest locations to avoid respiratory problems appear to be concentrated on the southeastern coast, with a couple key spots in the west.

The pattern seems to cohere with an argument put forward by Jefferies —  that pollution is the cost of healthy industrial activity and rising living standards.

Check it out:

And here is the list of American cities with equivalent AQI's, using data listed on USA.com:



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