Black smoke pollutes the air in the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on February 14, 2017. The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt used to be known as "The Garden City" because of its soaring palm trees and green open spaces. But the description, even if could be applied after decades of development linked to the oil industry, has hardly seemed appropriate in the last few months. Since late last year, black soot has been falling from the sky, scaring and angering residents who claim nothing is being done to protect their health. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Air pollution kills 1,200 children a year

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Air pollution causes more than 1,200 deaths a year among children under 18. This increases the risk of chronic disease later in life, the EU environmental agency reports. Despite recent improvements, the levels of key air pollutants in many European countries remain above normal. Further, the EEA makes this observation after a study in over 30 countries.

Furthermore, this report doesn’t cover major industrial countries. This could mean that the death toll on continents could be higher.


The EEA announced last November that 238,000 people died prematurely because of air pollution in 2020 in the EU, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey. Equally important, air pollution causes over 1,200 premature deaths per year among people under the age of 18 in Europe and significantly increases the risk of disease later in life.


The agency’s study was to focus specifically on children. Therefore, these deaths early in life represent a loss of future potential and come with a significant burden of chronic illness, both in childhood and later in life.


Finally, poor air quality can also aggravate chronic conditions like asthma, which affects nine percent of children and adolescents in Europe. It also increases the risk of some chronic diseases later in adulthood.


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  1. avatar
    Emeka umennabude says:

    It’s terrible the rate of death this air pollution cause to innocent citizens. Those incharge are just quiet about it…

    I’ve lived in Port Harcourt almost all my life and the soot that comes from the petrochemical industries is a very big threat to human existence. God help us🙏

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