WHO: Johannesburg's air is deadly

2014-05-16 09:57

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Cape Town – When it comes to air pollution in South Africa, Johannesburg has extremely high levels according to the World Health Organisation.

The WHO said that the city of Johannesburg has the highest levels of air pollution in South Africa.

According to a report on IOL, rising air pollution has had a serious impact on the city’s population, increasing respiratory issues and ultimately leading to South Africans dying earlier because of air pollution.

The WHO looked at 1 600 cities across the globe and noted that only 12% of those cities actually monitor and regulate the amount of air pollution that is created.

Specifically in South Africa the city of Johannesburg has the highest level of polluted air, followed by Pretoria, Cape Town and lastly Durban.

The WHO estimates that air pollution killed 3.7 million people prematurely in 2012 around the world.

Most of these people died from strokes, heart disease, lung cancer, respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Scientists said that there is no safe amount when it comes to air pollution but argues that the particulate matter (PM) in the air has to be regulated.

The WHO has issued a number of guidelines when it comes to PM and said that the maximum amount of PM per cubic metre is 10micrograms (Mu).
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