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Nigeria’s capital is world’s 6th poorest in air quality- New report

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In a recent report by IQAir, a Swiss air quality technology company, Abuja, Nigeria, has been identified as the sixth capital city with the poorest air quality and high levels of PM2.5 pollution.

This highlights the pressing issue of air pollution globally and emphasizes the need for immediate action to address this environmental and public health concern.

The report ranks other cities like New Delhi, Dhaka, Ouagadougou, Dushanbe, and Baghdad as having even worse air quality.

On the flip side, cities like Wellington, Reykjavik, and Hamilton were noted for having the lowest PM2.5 pollution levels.

PM2.5 pollution is a significant health hazard, contributing to premature deaths worldwide. It can lead to cardiovascular issues, strokes, and other health problems.

Fossil fuel combustion is a major source of PM2.5 pollution, making it challenging to reduce pollution levels in urban areas.

Experts highlight the harmful effects of PM2.5 pollution on human health, including its ability to cause various diseases and developmental issues in children.

Despite efforts by organizations like the World Health Organization, PM2.5 pollution levels remain high in many regions, posing a serious public health risk.

IQAir’s report, using data from various sources, sheds light on global air quality trends and the need for improvements.

Lower-cost sensors are proving to be valuable tools in monitoring air quality and identifying pollution hotspots, aiding policymakers in developing targeted interventions.

While challenges persist in tackling air pollution, progress has been seen in countries like China, Chile, and South Africa, showing that concerted efforts can lead to better air quality.

The report emphasizes the urgent need for action to address the global air quality crisis and reduce the impact of PM2.5 pollution on public health.

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By increasing awareness about air pollution sources and effects, policymakers, researchers, and communities can collaborate to create sustainable solutions that protect the environment and promote public health for present and future generations.


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