Reporter Adam Levy talks to environmental scientist Jennifer Burney about her team’s latest research1 on air quality in sub-Saharan Africa — a region where the effects of pollution are often overlooked.
Toxic air pollution was to blame for more than one in five infant deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015 — a total of 449,000. The figure is much higher than previous estimates because the researchers considered pollution’s health impact beyond just respiratory illnesses. Air pollution caused more than 3 million premature deaths in 2015, worldwide.
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