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Kenya has cleanest air in the world: report

They say every cloud has a silver lining. Amid all the gloom over rampart corruption and inefficiency in government, Kenyans have a reason to smile.

The country has been named the world’s least toxic country, topping a list that takes account of air pollution, energy consumption and renewable energy production, according to Newsweek.

The ranking was revealed by renewable energy firm The Eco Experts based on data it obtained from the International Energy Agency.

Kenya tops the list of least toxic countries followed by Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cameroon and Zambia in that order. Indonesia is ranked seventh with Zimbabwe eight, Brazil ninth and Congo DR 10th.


Saudi Arabia is the most toxic country in the world, having the highest recorded air pollution, surpassing India and even China, points out the report. It is followed by Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Oman in that order. Others in the list of toxicity are Turkmenistan, Libya, Kazakhstan and Trinidad and Tobago.

“Neighbouring oil-rich countries including Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) dominate the top 10 most toxic countries in the world, and have some of the lowest renewable energy production despite having an ideal climate – low rainfall and prolonged daylight hours – for solar energy,” it adds.

“The research also shows that countries in the Middle East have some of the highest number of deaths attributable to air pollution; Turkmenistan witnesses 108 deaths per 100,000 every year.”

The researchers hopes to put pressure on global leaders to put in place safeguards against climate change in the hope of saving the planet from a dangerous future.