Pollution poses grave risk to Kenyans’ lives, warn experts

A pipe empties sewage into Nairobi River in downtown Nairobi. Kenya hosted the third United Nations Environment Assembly at UNEP, Gigiri, last week. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Industrial waste, sewage and domestic waste have been finding their way into major rivers such as the Nairobi River, polluting the water and making it unsuitable for use.

  • Agricultural chemicals and pharmaceuticals have also been a major source of pollution in the country, posing serious health effects to human beings, plants and animals.

  • Emission of carbon from vehicles has also become a major cause of pollution.

  • Lead in paint damages the brains of 600,000 children every year across the world.

Pollution is still a huge problem despite Kenya receiving praise during last week’s third United Nations Environment Assembly for banning plastic bags.

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