In November 2003 the Blacksmith Institute launched the Polluted Places Initiative to address severely polluted sites throughout the world. By identifying polluted sites directly through an on-line nomination process, researching each site and publishing dossiers online, and conducting site assessments to consult with local stakeholders the institute puts focus on pollution problems in the developing world.
The Institute just published the top ten of "World's Worst Polluted Places"
The project intersects with recent public debate in Copenhagen about air pollution in the city. In collaboration with Senior Scientist Jørgen Brandt from The National Environmental Research Institute in Denmark a first prototype is developed for making an indicator that can be placed in the city and display local levels of pollution as well as pollution forecasts on individual streets. The project holds an open source script for displaying data from the Internet in a variety of forms.