Category Archives: Colombia

Medellín’s pollution is having deadly effects

The pollution in Colombia’s second largest city of Medellín is a health care crisis, according to National Faculty of Public Health researcher Elkin Martínez. In a study based upon DANE data from 1980 to 2012, Martinez has shown that one person … Continue reading

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Colombia Air Pollution Costs Bogotá up to $1 Billion USD Per Year, Says Study

Air pollution cost Bogotá nearly $1 billion USD in 2014 in the form of premature deaths, heart disease, cancer, respiratory illness, and other complications, according to a recent study from researchers at Colombia’s Universidad La Salle. While transportation — particularly the … Continue reading

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Red alert: Medellin air pollution kills 6 times more people than guns

Breathing in Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, has become such a health hazard that the local government on Wednesday declared a red alert. The red alert seeks to lower smog levels that reportedly cost eight lives a day, more than six times the … Continue reading

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Unable to curb pollution crisis, Medellin bans outdoor activity

Medellin authorities have temporarily suspended outdoor activities in the city following extreme levels of pollution in recent weeks. Amid the current crisis, Mayor Federico Gutierrez put restrictions in place in order to limit the effects of air pollution on the 3 … Continue reading

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