Cleanest Air

Renewable energy firm The Eco Experts has ranked Kenya the country with the cleanest air in the World.

The study which was released in Nairobi on Friday took into account air pollution, energy consumption and renewable energy production.

It was also based on data from the International Energy Agency and World Health Organization (WHO).

The energy firm found out through its study that the countries with the cleanest air were largely those from Sub-Saharan Africa while Middle Eastern ones dominated the most toxic list.

It concentrated on countries that emit greenhouse gasses which could cause disastrous and irreversible damage to the environment.

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

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The most toxic country was Saudi Arabia followed by Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Turkmenistan, Libya, Kazakhstan, Trinidad & Tobago.

Arguments have spurred out following the release of this study seeing that another study released last year showed Nairobi to be the most polluted in the world.

Sweden’s Gothenburg University’s urban researcher, Marie Thynell, found out that there were high quantities of cancer-causing elements in Nairobi’s air. 10 times higher than the threshold recommended by WHO.

Thynell’s study showed that air pollution and emissions of toxic gasses in Nairobi were uncontrollable especially on roads – old and unregulated vehicles, and in slums – smoke from indoor and outdoor cooking with biomass.

It also revealed that the amount of diesel burned in the capital city posed a great risk to the lives of thousands of residents.

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The Eco Experts described its cleanest air findings as a warning to the growing emissions of greenhouse gasses which could cause great irreversible damage to the planet.

Last year, WHO revealed that levels of air pollution increased by 8 percent between 2009 and 2016. According to the health organization’s estimates, poor air quality has directly claimed 7 million lives every year.