Estimates say the city releases about 50 million tons of carbon a year, but no one has actually measured it. A new project is trying to change that.
Dan Westervelt, a Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory researcher and Center for Climate and Life Fellow, received funding to address the air pollution crisis in three sub-Saharan African cities.
A forthcoming study of northern India suggests that people living in rural areas are as likely to die prematurely from the effects of poor air quality as those living in cities.
Many countries are making progress on improving water sanitation and protecting marine ecosystems. But air pollution continues as a leading health problem in many nations, and fisheries are deteriorating almost everywhere.
AIDS and malaria epidemics receive much attention from international health organizations, but a sneakier killer is on the loose in Africa. Air pollution may now be the continent’s number one killer, according to a forthcoming study.