New Study Suggests Air Pollution is Costing Bogota Millions

Colombia's capital city Bogota hemorrhaged almost US$1 billion in 2014 due to air pollution, according to research from Universidad La Salle.

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Colombia’s capital city Bogota hemorrhaged almost US$1 billion in 2014 due to premature deaths, diseases, respiratory illness, and other complications caused by air pollution, according to a study from researchers at Colombia’s Universidad La Salle.

The pollution is reportedly caused by general industry and business, transportation, dust, erosion, and forest fires.

The southwest of Bogotá as hit the hardest, according to Bogotá-based governmental agency IDEAM. (Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales).

“Hopefully this [study] will make people aware of the issues of poor air, and we will keep on studying to find solutions and better options,” said Victor Marulanda, a member of the Universidad La Salle research group known as CLIMA (Centro Lasallista de Investigación y Modelación Ambiental).

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    Hi Matt,
    I was wondering if you had an contacts of suggestions of where to contact people or organizations in colombia that may be doing work on air pollution? I’m in Canada and working on air pollution but would like to explore this problems in other parts of the world, possible help, work or research with others.
    Any leads or direction you can point me in, would be greatly appreciated.