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If you have ever lived up in the United States, China, Germany, or even Iran, chances are you've learned to ignore the air pollution. It can be difficult to imagine living without pollution, including carbon dioxide, litter, noise, sewage and industrial chemicals, but many locations abroad -particularly developing nations- can be considered pristine in comparrison and offer an awakening glimpse at what environmental cleanliness can mean toward quality-of-life.

Here's a list of the ten-worst polluting countries on the planet:

China is the world's worst polluter nation with the highest overall annual emission of greenhouse gases. However, in terms of per capita emissions it is ranked 44th in the world, emitting 4.5 tonne (per person).

United States
The United States is the second worst per capita carbon emitter with for 19.78 tonne of emission per person. America is also ranked the world's second highest polluter with 5,903 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emission.

Russia is ranked third with 1,704 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emission. Russia is ready to slash its greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 25 per cent, if other countries follow suit.

India is world's fourth biggest polluter with 1,293 million tonne of carbon dioxide emission. The average person in India emits just 1.16 tonne per person annually.

Japan comes next in the list with 1,247 million tonne of carbon emission. However, the greenhouse gas pollution fell by 6.2 per cent in Japan in the last financial year. Japan plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020 if developed countries take significant initiatives.

Germany is the 6th biggest polluter in the world with 858 million tonne of carbon dioxide emission. The United Nations says rich nations must cut greenhouse gas emissions steeply by 2020.

Canada which emits 18.81 tonne of carbon per person is the world 7th worst polluter, with an absolute carbon emmission of 614 million tonne. Canada now plans to reduce emissions by 20 per cent compared with 2006 levels by 2020.

United Kingdom
The Uniited Kingdom's emission stands at 586  million tonnes of carbon dioxide emission.  The European union agreed to cut emissions by 20 per cent to 2020, compared with 1990 levels.

South Korea
South Korea comes next in the worst polluters' list with 514 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emission. South Korea said it would cut greenhouse emissions 4 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020.

Iran has 471 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emission. Iran is worst hit by air and water pollution. The Caspian sea is highly polluted posing a grave threat to marine life and the ecology.

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