Pollution Tied to One-Fifth of Infant Deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa, New Study Finds

A recent paper, co-authored by research affiliate Dr. Jen Burney, finds that air pollution is strongly related to infant mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa — with the pollution being responsible for one-fifth of infant deaths. Nature interviewed Dr. Burney, and you can listen to it here.

From Dr. Burney: “It’s one thing to know that poor air quality is bad for health and it’s another to be able to say that more than 20% of infant deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015 were due to excess pollution, and to be able to estimate what the benefits would be for a given amount of mitigation. So, we really do hope that by providing this kind of cross-benefit analysis, in some ways, that we can incentivize more action on air quality.”

Listen to the full interview here.

Read the full paper here.

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