Category Archives: Africa

Air pollution kills thousands in megacities despite lockdowns

– Air pollution is the largest environmental risk to human health globally. – Tens of thousands of people died from related deaths last year, despite an economic slow down caused by coronavirus. – In the five most-populated cities air pollution … Continue reading

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Cairo car drivers exposed to dangerous levels of pollution, new study finds

Car drivers in Cairo are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution, finds an unprecedented new study from the University of Surrey. Greater Cairo, which is the sixth largest city in the world, is home to 2.4 million cars and … Continue reading

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These areas have the worst air pollution in South Africa

While the main culprits may not surprise you, the bronze prize for pollution goes to a newcomer. The two regions in South Africa with the worst air pollution are repeat offenders and will not cause much surprise, but the area … Continue reading

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Egypt to Stop Burning Rice Straw for Better Air Quality

In a bid against air pollution, Egypt’s Ministry of Environment is now gathering rice straws to be used for “furniture manufacturing and animal fodder,” according to Egypt Today, instead of burning them. The ministry revealed that this year alone, Egypt … Continue reading

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Midrand’s ‘airpocalypse’ a reality with toxic air

On an air pollution scale, anything between zero and 20 is safe to breathe. At 300 things are labelled ‘airpocalypse’. In Midrand, Gauteng, pollution levels regularly hit 1 000. Sipho Kings used data, a bicycle and a helicopter to see … Continue reading

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22 of world’s 30 most polluted cities are in India, Greenpeace says

Analysis of air pollution data finds that 64% of cities globally exceed WHO guidelines Twenty-two of the world’s 30 worst cities for air pollution are in India, according to a new report, with Delhi again ranked the world’s most polluted … Continue reading

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WHO says air pollution kills 600,000 children every year

Air pollution kills an estimated 600,000 children every year and causing symptoms ranging from loss of intelligence to obesity and ear infections but there is a limited amount parents can do, a World Health Organization report said on Monday. Parents … Continue reading

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World’s deadliest air pollution spot is in South Africa

One of the world’s most air-polluted regions is a province of green rolling hills and wild flowers in eastern South Africa. Mpumalanga has the largest single area infected by the deadly air pollutant nitrogen dioxide, according to an analysis of satellite … Continue reading

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