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Air pollution more deadly in Africa than malnutrition or dirty water, study warns 

Annual human and economic cost of tainted air runs to 712,000 lost lives and £364bn, finds Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Africa’s air pollution is causing more premature deaths than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition, and could develop into … Continue reading

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Where is the world’s most polluted city? 

Outdoor air pollution kills 3.3 million people, mostly in cities, every year. That’s more than HIV, malaria and influenza combined – yet the sparse coverage of official data means many cities are not even monitored Every day, hundreds of millions … Continue reading

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South Africa’s air pollution hotspots

According to statistics urban air pollution is linked to up to 2 million premature deaths world-wide each year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) air pollution database collected data on the outdoor (or ambient) air quality of 1600 cities from 91 … Continue reading

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Air pollution monitoring stations get boost in #Budget2015

The environmental affairs department wants citizens to inhale clean air, according to the 2015/16 budget tabled in Parliament on Wednesday. It plans to increase the number of air quality monitoring stations to 105 by 2017/18, from 65 in 2013/14. The … Continue reading

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Air pollution: ‘Heaven help us’

South Africa needs “magic and divine intervention” to win the war against air pollution in areas shared by industry and communities. “Brace yourself, colleagues,” the Department of Environmental Affairs air-quality spokesman, Tsietsi Mahema, said at the annual air-quality governance lekgotla … Continue reading

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Air Quality Monitoring In South Africa Improved With Satellites

Economic development often means an increase of harmful gases into the atmosphere. ESA’s GlobEmission project uses satellite data to monitor atmospheric pollution from emissions. South Africa’s economy is rapidly growing. From 2002 to 2012, its gross domestic product grew by … Continue reading

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South Africa: Govt Needs to Be Tough on Air Polluters – Mabudafhasi

Rusteburg — Air pollution is still a scourge confronting South Africa, says Water and Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi. “It’s a serious challenge. We know we are a developing country. Industrially, South Africa is developing very fast and all … Continue reading

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