Air pollution is killing young children in African cities, say scientists

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Air pollution is killing young children in African cities, say scientists

In 2015, pneumonia alone caused the deaths of 500,000 children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa and air pollution is known to be a leading contributor to this disease. That same year, 400,000 African children under five died prematurely because of the bad air they breathed, according to research from Stanford University and the University of California, San Diego published in the journal Nature this week.
Africa has an air pollution problem in its urban and rural areas but the scale of the problem is not easily quantifiable because of the absence of air quality monitoring systems on the ground in many countries. In industrialized countries, factories, cars and power stations are usually blamed for polluting the air. In Africa, the causes are hiding in plain sight. Kerosene, used in homes all over the continent to light homes and cook foods, is a deadly threat of which many people simply unaware.
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