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Cleaner Air Can Add 4 Years To Your Life

Cleaner Air Can Add 4 Years To Your Life”

If the country reduces pollution to comply with its national standards, the Air Quality-Life Index (AQLI) revealed that Indians could live more than a year longer on average, or a combined more than 1.6 billion life years. "The government needs to speak the language of health, and explain to people that not meeting a standard would mean living less number of years".

The most unsafe particulate matter is PM2.5, which are fine particles with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less. The compliance of World Health Organization standards could also see Delhiites, who breathe a very polluted air, gain the most as they could live up to nine years longer and six years more if national standards are met, the study added.

A recent study on the impact of air pollution on life expectancy states that Indians, on an average, could live for 4 more years if the air quality standards as prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are duly met.

The study also said that some of the biggest gains would be seen in Delhi and some cities.

The AQLI arrives at the conclusions by translating the particulate concentrations into their impact on lifespans, "unlike previous studies that tend to rely on data tracking peoples exposure over a short time period".

The study also listed some of the most polluted cities in India. The city is gearing up to tackle pollution that reaches perilous levels during the winter months.

India being one of the most polluted countries globally, just meeting the worldwide air-quality standards can add "four years" to the average life of people here, while meeting the national standards can add one year, says a study.

The findings are based on a research work, published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, on the harmful effects of a Chinese government policy to provide free coal to a region north of the Huai river. The studyisolated the effect of air pollution on lifespans, revealing that an increase of 10 micrograms of PM10 (particulate matter that is 10 micrometers or less in diameter) per cubic meter of air (μg/m) reduces life expectancy by 0.64 years.

"High levels of air pollution are a part of people's lives in India, just as they were in the US, England, Japan and other countries in the past".

According to a 2016 report by the World Bank and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, 5.5 million (55 lakh) people die prematurely every year due to household and outdoor air pollution globally, with 60 per cent deaths caused in India and China.



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