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Cameroon’s air is more polluted than that of Gabon, Congo and Equatorial Guinea

Cameroon’s air is more polluted than that of Gabon, Congo and Equatorial Guinea
  • Comments   -   Monday, 25 September 2017 14:04

(Business in Cameroon) - Out of 54 countries, Cameroon is in Africa the 39th country where quality of air is the best, according to the magazine “Science et Avenir”, which also referred to a recent study released by scientific magazine "The Lancet". The country has a score of 16.33 over 100 (with 100 being the reference score set by the UN). 

Within the CEMAC, Gabon is the one where air is the best to breath (9th in Africa, with a score of 53), followed by Equatorial Guinea (21st with 34.33) and Congo (22nd with 32.33). 

In the ranking, the Central African Republic and Chad are at the bottom, respectively 51st (9.33/100) and 53rd (7.33/100). Three indicators were used to establish the ranking. These are household air pollution, pollution-induced mortality rate, concentration level of PM 2.5 particles in the air. 

Pollution, the authors’ highlight, could result from many factors associated with human activity such as road traffic, factories, cooking or heating mode, or natural factors such as dust and dirt.

BRM

Ranking of African countries by quality of air

1

Seychelles

78.33

2

Mauritius

78.00

3

Morocco

66.33

4

Algeria

64.33

5

Tunisia

63.66

6

South Africa

57.00

7

Botswana

56.66

8

Libya

54.00

9

Gabon

53.00

10

Swaziland

49.66

11

Sao Tomé & Principle

48.33

12

Namibia

47.33

13

Kenya

44.66

14

Djibouti

43.66

15

Cape Verde

43.00

16

Egypt

43.00

17

Angola

41.66

18

Zimbabwe

40.33

19

Lesotho

38.66

20

Eritrea

34.66

21

Equatorial Guinea

34.33

22

Congo

32.33

23

Tanzania

31.33

24

Mozambique

30.33

25

Liberia

29.33

26

Zambia

28.00

27

Ghana

27.00

28

Mauritania

26.66

29

Sudan

26.60

30

Malawi

25.66

31

Senegal

25.55

32

Madagascar

25.33

33

Nigeria

22.66

34

Côte d’Ivoire

21.66

35

Somalia

21.66

36

Rwanda

20.00

37

Ethiopia

18.33

38

Sierra Leone

17.33

39

Cameroon

16.33

40

Burundi

15.33

41

Comoros

15.00

42

DR Congo

15.00

43

Guinea

14.66

44

Uganda

14.33

45

South Sudan

13.33

46

Togo

13.00

47

Gambia

11.66

48

Guinea Bissau

11.66

49

Benin

11.00

50

Mali

9.66

51

Central African Republic

9.33

52

Burkina Faso

8.00

53

Chad

7.33

54

Niger

2.66

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