Revealed: The Worst (And Best) Places To Live In The World
The best and worst countries in the world to live have been ranked in a helpful interactive infographic that covers pollution, water supply, GDP and life expectancy.
While averaged for countries rather than cities they illustrate clearly the links between GDP, environmental pollution and life expectancy including death from violent crime.
The sources include data from the United Nations, CIA World Factbook and the World Bank.
It's no surprise that African countries are amongst those that are the poorest and rank the worst in terms of GDP, life expectancy and water sources, but in some cases there are benefits to being undeveloped - many of them suffer from very little pollution.
The most polluted place in the world? Qatar, which also has the highest GDP. There has to be a lesson about sustainability there.
It's followed by Trinidad and Tobago and Kuwait, confirming in two out of the tthree cases that having oil reserves on your land brings heavy environmental responsibilies.
The US ranks as the 10th most polluted country, 88 times more polluted than Haiti (although suprissingly Haiti is ranked as the 9th most toxic site in the world - and people live on average 16 years longer in the USA. Are these statistics measuring the same thing?
Frightened of being murdered? Only two countries have a murder rate so low it doesn't figure on the list: Monaco (also one of the richest and with the highest life expectancy) and Palau.
You stand the most risk of a violent death in Honduras. The USA is about half way down the list.
Suprisingly, the places where you're most likely to get cancer are Denmark and Ireland - the top ten countries for cancer rates are all in the developed world.
Outside of the former Soviet block and Fukushima, Sellafield, UK, is the (6th) most radioactive place in the world.
Have a play with the graphic and draw your own conclusions.
David is Special Consultant of this website. He's author of Energy Management in Buildings, Energy Management in Industry, Sustainable Transport Fuels, Solar Technology, Sustainable Home Refurbishment, Solar Photovoltaics Business Briefing, and much more. His new book, The One Planet Life, is due out in November. He's also a novelist, script and comics writer, journalist, and editor. He was ...