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Nairobi, Kenya

Climate Summit: Air Pollution, The Silent Tragedy in Nairobi

The County Government of Nairobi, together with other stakeholders on Thursday, commemorated the 4th annual International Clean Air Day for Blue Skies event at the governor’s offices in Kenya's capital city.

This year’s theme is “Together for Clean Air” which calls for the need for collective action and more robust partnerships across different sectors to overcome the challenge of air pollution.

This comes at a crucial time when the air pollution in Nairobi stands at 21µg/m3 which translates to PM 2.5 (particulate matter), or approximately 400% more than what the World Resources Institute (WRI) recommends.

In addition, 8,000 lives are lost each year in Nairobi due to air pollution-related causes while 13% of county finances is spent on averting the same.

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This story was produced with support from Internews' Earth Journalism Network. It was first published in Talk Africa on September 8, 2023. It has been lightly edited for length and clarity. 

Banner image: Nairobi County Governor Johnson Sakaja / Credit: Juliet Akoth.