A while ago, we reported on a China-focused study that linked high levels of air pollution to unhappiness. Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology revealed that when air pollution in major Chinese cities was bad, the overall sentiments of its citizens were more negative.
That study may be on to something, as the Philippines, which has been cited before as one of the happiest countries in the world, also happens to have the cleanest air in Southeast Asia.
Global environmental analyst IQAir AirVisual recently released its 2018 World Air Quality Report, which revealed the levels of air pollution in 73 countries. It does so by measuring the amount of PM2.5 in the air, which refers to particulate matter that
Of the six Southeast Asian countries included in the study, the Philippines reported the smallest average amount of PM2.5 in the country at 14.6 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3). It slightly edges out Singapore, where average PM2.5 levels for 2018 were recorded at 14.8 µg/m3.
It’s also the only country in the region with cities that have PM2.5 levels within the World Health Organization’s target of 10 µg/m3. The