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Air pollution

South Africans have 'no idea' what they are breathing

The Department of Environmental Affairs has told Parliament the lack of monitoring meant previous laws never looked at how South Africans were meant to be protected in terms of air quality.

  • Lethabo power station. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

    Ailing Eskom faces emissions violations, could shut plants

    Africa’s biggest public utility supplies over 90% of South Africa’s electricity, relying largely on ageing, heavily polluting coal-fired power stations but does not generate enough cash to meet its debt servicing costs.

  • Mpumalanga: Living in the world’s pollution hotspot

    Environmental agency Greenpeace announced last year that the Highveld of Mpumalanga has the world's highest level of nitrogen dioxide in the air, based on analysis of satellite data. The area is the nation's coal heartland, home to over 100 coal mines. This pollution affects millions of people living in these communities and surrounding provinces such as Gauteng.

  • An officer of the Paris city prevention and security direction (DPSP) checks a car plate during a pollution control operation on private vehicles in Paris on 1 July 2019. Picture: AFP

    Paris bans old diesels to tackle pollution

    Paris on Monday banned all diesel vehicles aged 13 years or over from the city centre, the latest move in a campaign to tackle pollution on the city's streets.