Air in Ukraine: TOP-10 cleanest and most polluted cities
According to the 2020 results, Horishni Plavni in the Poltava region turned out to be the most ecologically clean industrial city.
This is stated in the report on the environmental pollution state in Ukraine by the Sreznevskyi Central Geophysical Observatory, which analyzed the 39 largest industrial cities in the country.
Thus, Horishni Plavni took first place with an indicator of 1.9 (it considers the air pollution degree under the five priority pollutants).
Top 10 clean cities of Ukraine in 2020:
- Horishni Plavni (Poltava region)
- Izmail (Odesa region)
- Svitlovodsk (Kirovohrad region)
- Brovary (Kyiv region)
- Oleksandria (Kirovohrad region)
- Ukrainka (Kyiv region)
Top 10 most polluted cities in Ukraine in 2020:
- First place is taken by Mariupol (Donetsk region). The indicator is 15.7
- Kamianske (Dnipropetrovsk region)
- Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk region)
- Kramatorsk (Donetsk region)
Pollution levels above 14 are considered very high.
In total, according to the 2020 results, the API indicator (air pollution index) in Ukraine decreased from 8.2 to 7.0, compared to 2019. This happened due to the average annual decline in formaldehyde, phenol, and hydrogen fluoride, as well as the decline in industrial production during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sreznevskyi Research Central Geophysical Observatory conducted a study in 39 cities at 129 stationary posts of the monitoring network of hydrometeorological organizations. 22 pollutants, including eight heavy metals, were found in the air.
Where can I find out the level of air pollution?
Knowledge is power! Today, knowing how polluted the air we breathe is just as important as knowing the weather outside. There are several resources that provide information on the level of air pollution. These are open sources available to anyone:
- AirVisual: here you can track where the air is the dirtiest at some point in real-time
- AQICN is air quality information also in real-time.
- "Air quality in Kyiv" Telegram bot has information on air pollution in Kyiv, the possibility of the tracking by area.
- SaveEcoBot is an environmental bot for monitoring the permits of environmental pollutants.