Environmental pollution worldwide

Statistics report on global environmental pollution

Environmental pollution worldwide

This report presents facts and figures about global environmental pollution. It provides information on different types of air, water, and land pollution that have negative impacts on the environment, such as particulate matter emissions, oil spills, and waste generation.

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  • Premium Statistic Global population exposed to unsafe air pollution levels 2022, by risk
  • Premium Statistic Most polluted countries based on PM2.5 concentration globally 2023
  • Basic Statistic Biggest oil spills worldwide since 1967
  • Premium Statistic Main litter types found in oceans worldwide 2021, by environment
  • Premium Statistic Global land degradation 2015-2019, by region

Air pollution

  • Premium Statistic Share of population exposed to hazardous levels of PM2.5 worldwide 2022, by country
  • Premium Statistic Most polluted cities based on PM2.5 concentration globally 2023
  • Premium Statistic Most polluted capital cities based on PM2.5 concentration globally 2023
  • Premium Statistic Fossil fuel contributions to global air pollutants worldwide, by type
  • Premium Statistic Global annual deaths due to PM2.5 and ozone air pollution
  • Premium Statistic Global particulate emissions damage as a share of GNI 1990-2021, by select country

Land pollution

  • Basic Statistic Global tree cover loss 2023, by dominant driver
  • Premium Statistic Area harvested for selected food crops worldwide 1961-2022
  • Basic Statistic Global municipal solid waste generation projection 2016-2050
  • Premium Statistic Global share of waste disposal and treatment by method 2016
  • Premium Statistic Global landfill waste generated per capita 2022, by select country
  • Basic Statistic Global fertilizer consumption 1965-2021, by nutrient

Water pollution

  • Premium Statistic Lowest clean oceans scores worldwide 2022, by country
  • Premium Statistic Groundwater nitrate contamination sources worldwide 2018
  • Premium Statistic Global accumulated plastics stock 1970-2019, by location
  • Premium Statistic Regional shares of ocean plastic waste inputs worldwide 2019
  • Premium Statistic Number waste items found in oceans worldwide 2022, by type
  • Premium Statistic Global oil tanker accidents by quantity of spilled oil 1967-2023
  • Basic Statistic Global oil tanker spills by volume 1970-2023

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