Burning condemn tyres poses serious threat to human, environmental health – Climatologist

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A scientist and climatologist working with the African Climate Reporters, Dr Piman Hoffman has called on Nigerian butchers to stop roasting animals with expired tyres, saying that the practice pollutes the environment.

Mr Hoffman made the call during a chat with journalist after a visit to some abattoirs in Kaduna State.

According to him, the practice of burning tyres to extract cables and other metallic objects has become a big business in the state and other parts of the country.

He, however, attributed the rising cases of burning of tires to lack of awareness on the harmful effects of the practice across the northern region.

Mr Hoffman noted that some of the devastative effects of burning tyres to the environment include air, water and soil pollution.

According to him, the black fumes contain heavy metals and other harmful pollutants that linger in the air and most often lead to acute/chronic health hazards.

The climate change specialist said burning of waste tyres has so-many health implications to the human, animals and the entire living organism in the community where these activities take place.

He therefore called on state and federal ministry of environment to check-mate the activities of waste-tires-burners in the country.

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