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Africa could account for half of the world’s particle pollution by 2030

12
Mar
2014

Africa could account for more than half of the worlds particle pollution by the year 2030, according to a study published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The paper, published Tuesday, cites Africas booming urban population and growth in mining, oil, and biofuel industries as the main drivers behind the projected surge in particle pollution, which has been linked to a variety of respiratory ailments and even cancer. The studys authors found that in 2005, Africa accounted for just five percent of the worlds nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide emissions, and up to 20 percent of organic carbon. The United Nations projects that Africa could account for 40 percent of the worlds population by 2100, with its urban population doubling from 2000 to 2030.

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