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How clean is the air that you breathe in?

Did you know that South Africa monitors air quality across South Africa with 54 active stations. These stations register in real-time the fluctuations of air quality and pollutants during the day.

According to AQI Country Ranking, South Africa ranked globally in air pollution at 49/106 countries ranked in 2020.

Click here for the 2020 World Air Quality Report.

PM2.5 air pollution was behind approximately 160,000 deaths in the world’s five most populous cities in 2020, according to a Greenpeace Southeast Asia analysis of IQAir data from a live Cost Estimator. (Click here for the IQAir and Greenpeace report 2020 air pollution deaths)

 

What is the importance of the quality of air we breathe in?

Oxidative stress is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can lead to cell and tissue damage. A large body of scientific evidence suggests that long-term oxidative stress contributes to the development in a range of chronic conditions. Such conditions include cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. (Source: Medical News Today, Click here)

Uncontrolled oxidative stress can accelerate the aging process and may contribute to the development of a number of conditions, including:

  • cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and stroke
  • inflammatory disorders
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • asthma
  • male infertility

Factors that may increase a person’s risk of long-term oxidative stress include:

  • obesity
  • diets high in fat, sugar, and processed foods
  • exposure to radiation
  • smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products
  • alcohol consumption
  • certain medications
  • pollution
  • exposure to pesticides or industrial chemicals
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