Category Archives: Africa

First air quality profile of two sub-Saharan African cities finds troubling news: Pollution up to five times over international guidelines

Ambient air pollution is a global public health crisis, causing more than 4.9 million premature deaths per year around the world. In Africa, it has surpassed AIDS as the leading cause of premature death. According to one study, air pollution … Continue reading

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Air pollution: The silent killer called PM2.5

Over half the world’s population lives without the protection of proper air quality standards Millions of people die prematurely every year from diseases and cancer caused by air pollution. The first line of defence against this carnage is ambient air … Continue reading

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Pollutionwatch: how much Sahara desert dust do we breathe?

Dust that swept Europe in February affects weather systems but also contains many allergens Saharan dust high in the skies over Europe caused some spectacular sunsets in February. Many of us found dust on our cars, and Alpine snow has … Continue reading

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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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