Share of Russians exposed to high pollution 2018, by federal district

Over a half of Russians living in cities with a high and very high atmospheric pollution index (API) resided in the Siberian federal district of the country. A quarter of the urban population were located in the Far Eastern federal district. None of the residents of the Northwestern and Volga federal districts were exposed to high levels of air pollution.

Share of urban population exposed to high and very high levels of air pollution in Russia in 2018*, by federal district

Share of population
Volga0%
Northwestern0%
Central5%
Ural6%
North Caucasian19%
Southern19%
Far Eastern25%
Siberian55%
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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

Russia

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

* Based on the atmospheric pollution index (API) used in Central Asian countries, which was introduced in the USSR in 1991. It calculates "for the five substances found in the highest concentrations in relation to their degree of hazardousness. Air pollution is deemed to be very high, if the aggregate API exceeds 14; high, if 14 > API >7; relatively high, if 7 > API > 5; low, if API is < 5."

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