Pollution shortening lives by almost 10 years in Delhi, says study

Pollution shortening lives by almost 10 years in Delhi, says study

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June 15, 2022

Air pollution can shorten lives by almost 10 years in the Indian capital, Delhi, the world's most polluted city, says a report by a US research group.

New Delhi, 15 June 2022

As per news report of BBC, the study adds that the average Indian life expectancy is shortened by five years at current air quality levels. India's 1.3 billion people live in areas where the "annual average particulate pollution level" exceeds the WHO safe limit of 5µg/m³, it says. Bad air kills millions in India every year. The smog-filled air, which usually covers Indian cities during the winter months, contains dangerously high levels of fine particulate matter called PM2.5 - tiny particles that can clog lungs and cause a host of diseases. The Air Quality Life Index by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) notes that some 510 million people who live in northern India - nearly 40% of India's population - are "on track" to lose 7.6 years of their lives on average, given the current pollution levels.

Source -BBC


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