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Deadly air pollution shortens life by almost 2 years – researcher :: Kenya

Air pollution, which is largely caused by burning fossil fuels, lowers global life expectancy by an average of 1.8 years…

Air pollution, which is largely caused by burning fossil fuels, lowers global life expectancy by an average of 1.8 years per person, making it the world’s premier killer, scientists have said.

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The small particles taken from contaminated air shorten life more than first-hand cigarette smoke, which can reduce it by 1

.6 years and is more dangerous than other public health threats such as war and HIV / AIDS, they said.

The University of Chicago’s Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) shows that people in parts of India, the world’s second largest country by population, could live 11 years less due to high air pollution.

Lifespan is slightly lower than 69 in the South Asian nation of 1.3 billion, according to the World Bank.

The researchers launched a website that tells users how many years of air pollution can cost them according to which region in a country they live in.

The index aims to transform hard to understand data to “perhaps the most important metric that exists – life,” said Michael Greenstone, director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), in a statement.

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Particle pollutants are normally measured in micrograms per cubic meter.

“The fact that this AQLI tool quantifies the number of years you’ve lost for air pollution makes me worried,” said Kalikesh Singh Deo, an Indian MEP, in a statement shared by EPIC.

China and Indonesia are also among the countries where microscopic particles float in the air hit the hardest inhabitants, which reduces the life span by as much as seven years and five and a half years respectively. The site also shows.

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Other studies have previously looked at the number of people who can die prematurely due to air pollution.

But the EPIC researchers hope that the site – the first of its kind, according to the Institute – will make the impact of policies that promote dirty energy more concrete and encourage reforms that promote better air quality.

Only a handful of India’s 100 most polluted cities have developed plans to fight air pollution despite the fact that they had to do it three years ago, a World Health Organization report said earlier this year.

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