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Air pollution may reduce life expectancy of Indians by nine years: Study

01 September 2021  

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NEW DELHI: Air pollution can reduce the life expectancy of Indians by nine years, a report by a US research group says.

According to the study, 480 million people in northern India face the “most extreme levels of air pollution in the world” and, over time, these high levels have expanded to cover other parts too, BBC has reported.

Strong clean air policies can add up to five years to people’s lives, the report says.

Indian cities routinely dominate global pollution rankings and bad air kills more than a million people every year, according to BBC.

The report by The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) says that north India breathes “pollution levels that are 10 times worse than those found anywhere else in the world”.

This air pollution has spread over decades beyond the region to western and central Indian states such as Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh where the average person is now losing between two and a half-to-three years of life expectancy as compared to early 2000, the report adds.

New data from the Air Quality Life Index report by EPIC says that residents in the capital, Delhi, could see up to 10 years added to their lives if air pollution was reduced to meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline of 10 µg/m³.

In 2019, India’s average particulate matter concentration was 70.3 µg/m³ – the highest in the world.

The report says that Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan, which together account for nearly a quarter of the global population, consistently figure in the top five most polluted countries on earth.

(With inputs from BBC)

Publish Date : 01 September 2021 19:20 PM

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