EMA to use nuclear energy to monitor air pollution

By ZBC Reporter

THE Environmental Management Agency is working with the international atomic energy agency in harnessing natural resources to monitor and prevent air pollution in Zimbabwe.
The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) which is tasked with ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources in the prevention of air pollution has received support from the international atomic energy agency IAEA to monitor air pollution using Nuclear energy.

“EMA is tasked in terms of the environmental management act to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources in the prevention of air pollution, we have received support from the international atomic energy agency IAEA to conduct air pollution monitoring using Nuclear energy,” said Mr Alpha Chikurira Environmental Quality Manager.
The agency has also started training Personnel who will be using the monitoring equipment.

“We will be using isotopic and nuclear tools to monitor their pathways through the atmosphere, predict their distribution and estimate their impact on ecosystems. The training started last week and we have many different users from the city council and other government departments having been trained.” He added

A recent report by the World Health organization revealed that about 7 million people die prematurely from exposure to air pollution with 10 percent of the mortalities occurring in Africa
The international atomic energy agency studies the natural processes that influence the pollutants’ global spread and their deposition rates on land and sea, to understand how they interact with weather patterns and mitigate their effects.