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Rough Cut: Cote d'Ivoire: Up in Smoke
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Last year, doctors began linking air pollution to rising rates of asthma in Abidjan for the first time. They are now warning of a dangerous and costly increase in respiratory-related diseases if action is not taken.

Environmental Protection Agency: Africa Air Quality projects
As increased urbanization in Africa, the rise in vehicle emissions, and the trend towards greater industrialization is causing urban air quality to deteriorate, the EPA has started a variety of projects in Africa, designed to focus on public health risks, especially to children.

The Clean Air Initiative in Sub-Saharan African Cities
The initiative began in 1998 as a way to study the effect of urbanization on air pollution in Africa. Among its many case studies available for viewing is a 2002 report on air pollution in Abidjan.

West Africa Review: "The Politics of Identity and Violence in Cote d'Ivoire"
This in-depth article by Siendou A. Konate examines Cote d'Ivoire's complex history and the factors that led it into Civil War in 2002.

Al Jazeera English: People & Power -Dumping Ground
In the first film from Al Jazeera's five-part series "Corporations on Trial", correspondent Juliana Ruhfus examines the details surrounding a class action lawsuit against the oil trader Trafigura, alleging neglect by illicitly dumping toxic material in the streets of Abidjan.

From Our Files

Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground
FRONTLINE/World presents a global investigation into the dirty secret of the digital age -- the dumping of hundreds of millions of pounds of toxic electronic waste across the developing world. The report also uncovers another dangerous bi-product of a disposable culture -- data fraud, as thousands of old hard drives are finding their way into criminal hands.

Africa and Asia: Living on the Edge
For the last year and a half, reporter Martin Smith has been investigating global climate change for Heat, a two-hour FRONTLINE broadcast. In "Living on the Edge," Smith travels to the foothills of the Himalayas, to parched areas of Eastern Africa and to the Namibian coast to share some devastating field notes from this looming environmental catastrophe.