Pollution in Mpumalanga

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“Mpumalanga” The city where the sunrises’ is also known to be the province with the Highest rising levels of air pollution.

What is Pollution? Pollution is “the presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance which has harmful or poisonous effects.”

Mpumalanga has the highest rate of pollution in the world and here is why:
Mpumalanga has Thirteen  (13) coal-fired power stations and this has been identified as the biggest source of pollution in the province. The pollution levels are deadly and have claimed the lives of 305 and 650 premature deaths in 2016, this has evolved into a public health crisis. The power stations are Government-owned, Eskom owns Eleven of the Thirteen coal power stations in the area. Eskom is the biggest culprit in polluting South African Air.

How can Mpumalanga improve this:

Mpumalanga can improve its high rate of air pollution by switching to Green energy such as solar and wind power. Government is currently looking at reverting to renewable energy to decrease the pollution in the area.

Kindly click on the below link to should you be interested in listening to the litigation against Government for Air pollution:  https://omny.fm/shows/the-breakfast-show-702/the-litigation-against-government-for-air-pollution

Sources:
PMG
Ground Up
Youtube
OMNY


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Countries in Africa with the worst Air Pollution

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Across Africa, increased industrialisation and dust storms are resulting in air pollution that is taking its toll on human health in the region. Air pollution has been causing more premature deaths than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition on the continent as well as contributing to the climate crisis.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country is the most polluted country within Africa and the 10th most polluted country in the world, more than 64,000 people died from household air pollution in 2017. Onitsha, a bustling city within Nigeria, is considered one of the worst-ranked cities globally with a record thirty times more particulate matter concentration in the air than is recommended by the WHO.

Senegal is another country in Africa which is contending with high levels of air pollution. Its capital, Dakar, has seven times more particulate matter concentration than the recommended threshold. During the dry season dust from the Sahara and industrial and motor vehicle pollution can cause a high density of toxic air in the country.

Kenya is also fighting high levels of air pollution with particulate matter concentration which is twice the recommended threshold. Respiratory diseases have now surpassed malaria as the number one killer in the country.

As the population of Africa grows and with increasing urbanisation the air quality is expected to worsen further unless more is done to monitor and prevent air pollution in the region.


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