Indoor air pollution

Indoor air pollution database for China

Since the late 1970s, Chinese and other researchers have measured levels of various air pollutants in both urban and rural residences in China. A database of indoor measurements was compiled by WHO in 1994 to help provide access to this large body of literature. More than 110 publications, published between 1980 and 1994, are cited in this database.

The database is organized by:

  • Pollutant: particulates, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and benzo[a]pyrene

  • Fuel type: coal, gas, biomass

  • Location: urban, rural

The full report contains an introduction to the database tables and conclusions about the overall pattern of indoor air pollution in China:

Excel spreadsheets for the main database tables are available at the UC Berkeley web site: