To Breathe or Not to Breathe

To Breathe or Not to Breathe

A recently published  guide comparing the air pollution levels in some of the world's top vacation destinations had some unexpected results. The research compared 28 cities in 19 countries; and while Beijing's "dangerous" Index of 328 is not surprising (anything over 151 is considered to be unhealthy) who knew that Dubai has an Index of 222!  And Mexico City, surprisingly, has an Index of just 91 (considered to be "moderate").  Luckily for travelers visiting Paris, Venice or Madrid, all three cities show an Index of 46 or below which is considered "good."   In contrast, Amsterdam has an Air Quality Index of 66 (with all those people biking?) and London is at  77. Bangkok  shows the lowest level ofpollution with an Index of 18 (go figure)  followed by Washington, DC (24), San Francisco and Madrid (both 25).  For further information check out http://waqi.info/