Air pollution in urban areas in Sub-Saharan Africa

Project by Nicole Ngo:

There are few large urban areas in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), but the cities in SSA are rapidly expanding.  As such, there is increasing concern over urban planning and coping with a growing urban population, including mitigating environmental health problems.  Of particular concern is air pollution.  There have been few studies examining urban air pollution in SSA (to my knowledge, < 5 studies), but a 2-week study in the summer of 2009 in Nairobi found that particulate matter (PM) emitted from vehicles was more than 10 times that of World Health Organization standards.  This project will continue the efforts to monitor urban air pollution in Nairobi, not only for its health impacts but also its influence on climate change.

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