Category Archives: Africa

AFRICA: The continent tops a global ranking on pollution levels

The results of the “Global Health” study published recently in the British scientific journal The Lancet, reveal that the African continent is the most affected of the 9 million deaths caused annually by air pollution across the planet. This phenomenon, … Continue reading

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Kampala pollution way over recommended levels – data

Pollution levels in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, are five to seven times higher than the Word Health Organization (WHO) recommends.  This is according to air quality data gathered from monitoring systems in the country in the last seven months and released … Continue reading

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Tropical city air pollution led to 470,000 premature deaths in 2018

Cities in the tropics are experiencing a growing air pollution problem, which is estimated to have led to a 62 per cent rise in premature deaths since 2005 Some 470,000 people in cities near the equator died prematurely in 2018 … Continue reading

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Harmful air pollution now affects 99 per cent of everyone on Earth

Almost everyone on Earth lives in areas with harmful levels of air pollution that breach new guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO). The official figure is that 99 per cent of the world’s population is affected, up from 90 … Continue reading

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Report Finds that 97 Percent of Global Cities Did Not Meet Latest WHO Air Quality Guideline

The 2021 World Air Quality Report finds that only three percent of cities and no single country met the latest World Health Organization’s (WHO) PM2.5 annual air quality guideline. The report analyzes PM2.5 air pollution measurements from air monitoring stations … Continue reading

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New study identifies link between household air pollution and child pneumonia

A new study published in The Lancet Global Health involving researchers from the University of Liverpool, provides greater understanding of the impact household air pollution can have on the development of child pneumonia. Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) is a major … Continue reading

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11 out of Africa’s 15 most polluted cities are all in South Africa – report

Eleven out of the 15 most polluted African cities – excluding those in Nigeria – are in SA, according to a report by IQAir, a Swiss air quality technology and consultancy company. Pretoria, Vereeniging, Springs and Sasolburg  are some of the … Continue reading

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Air pollution second largest cause of death in Africa

Air pollution was responsible for 1.1 million deaths across Africa in 2019, a new study shows. Most of these deaths — 697,000 — were as a result of household air pollution driven largely by indoor cooking stoves. But while household … Continue reading

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