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).