Dr. Newton is a researcher and an environmentalist at the Kgotso Development Trust, Zimbabwe. Kgotso Development Trust was founded in 2013 to address issues faced by communities including climate change related hazards, extreme weather events, poverty and other social economic challenges. His scientific work includes data collection, data analysis, writing scientific papers, attending stakeholder meetings, exploring collaborations, mentoring volunteers.

The air quality monitoring initiative has been taken up under the umbrella of a larger project ‘Air quality monitoring and reporting system for Greater Harare & the City of Bulawayo.’ In this project, five sensors were deployed in one city starting in October 2022, and the deployment of sensors in the other city is currently in progress. The expectation is that the data collected from these monitors will enable high-quality work and informed decision-making, formulation of policies and guidelines, supporting research efforts, and empowering communities to take proactive measures to combat air pollution.

Country Profile (Zimbabwe): Opportunity Score 11.6 (High): Annual average PM2.5 levels are more than 2.5 times the WHO guideline. There is no public PM2.5 data produced by the government, nor is there a national ambient air quality standard for PM2.5.