Kenya has cleanest air in the world – report

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By FAITH NYAMAI
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Kenya has topped the list of countries with the cleanest air in the world.

A report by Eco Experts released in Nairobi on Friday ranks Kenya as the least toxic country worldwide based on data from the International Energy Agency and World Health Organization (WHO).

The study took into account air pollution, energy consumption and renewable energy production as per WHO data.

Eco Experts found that countries in sub-Saharan Africa were the cleanest in the world.

The 10 least toxic countries were Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cameroon, Zambia, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Brazil and Congo, respectively

On the other hand, countries in the Middle East were ranked the most toxic, with Saudi Arabia topping the list.

It was followed by Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arabs Emirates, Oman, Turkmenistan, Libya, Kazakhstan and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively.

The research concentrated on countries that emit greenhouse gases that could cause disastrous and irreversible damage to the environment.

According to WHO data released last year, air pollution levels had increased by eight per cent between 2009 to 2016 across the world.

The organisation estimates that seven million lives across the world are claimed every year by poor air quality

WHO says urban air pollution continues to put the lives of thousands of people at risk, raising the need for public health and leading to diseases like cancer and heart disease, many more asthma cases and respiratory illnesses.

The report rated Kenya’s air clean even as another study released last year showed the country’s capital is the most polluted in the world.

Research carried out in 2015 by Marie Thynell, an urban researcher at Sweden’s Gothenburg University, and released last year revealed that the amount of cancer-causing elements in the air in Nairobi is 10 times higher than the threshold recommended by WHO.

The study also showed that emissions of toxic gases and air pollution in the city are not controlled, especially on roads and in slums.

It also revealed that the amount of diesel burned in Nairobi is 30 times more compared with five years ago, posing a great risk to the lives of thousands of residents.

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