Swiss Study Uncovered Kuwait’s High Air Quality: Ranked 11th Globally

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IQ Air Report

In a comprehensive report published by IQ Air, a Swiss organization, Kuwait has emerged as the 11th country worldwide with the best air quality. This ranking was determined by evaluating 134 countries and regions based on their air pollution levels, particularly fine PM 2.5 particles.

Kuwait’s Air Quality Ranking

Kuwait’s position in the Arab world is also commendable, securing the fourth spot after Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt. It is noteworthy that only seven countries out of the 134 included in the report met the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines for small airborne particles emitted by vehicles and industrial facilities.

Furthermore, Kuwait City ranks 13th among the world’s capitals with air pollution attributed to PM 2.5 particles. In the Arab region, Baghdad and Cairo have higher levels of this pollutant.

IQ Air Emphasis

IQ Air highlights that most countries fail to meet the WHO standard for PM 2.5 particles, which are microscopic soot specks smaller than the width of a human hair. While air quality has improved globally over the past century, there are still areas where pollution levels pose significant risks.

In response to previous reports suggesting that Kuwait has the worst air quality in the world, the Environment Public Authority has clarified that this is inaccurate. The authority emphasizes that Kuwait’s dust concentration levels typically align with national standards, falling within the green (good) or yellow (acceptable) categories on most days. They emphasize the importance of relying on scientific sources for air quality assessments and the relevance of national standards tailored to specific circumstances and geographic locations.

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