Friday, 7 September 2018

Air pollution is killing young children in African cities

Source: "Air pollution is killing young children in African cities, say scientists" Quartz Africa, 28th June 2018, by Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu

Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu reported, "In 2015, pneumonia alone caused the deaths of 500,000 children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa and air pollution is known to be a leading contributor to this disease. That same year, 400,000 African children under five died prematurely because of the bad air they breathed, according to research from Stanford University and the University of California, San Diego published in the journal Nature this week. (...) Other research has shown dirty air has leads to the premature deaths of 712,000 Africans each year, more than the toll of unsafe water, malnutrition and unsafe sanitation. In September last year, researchers calculated the monetary cost of air pollution in Africa for the first time: $215 billion from outdoor pollution and $232 billion from indoor pollution (based on 2013 figures). (...)"

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