Deaths from air pol­lu­tion in India ri­vals China: study

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FEATURES/APPRECIATION -

NEW DELHI AFP FEB14,2017- India’s air now ri­vals China’s as the world’s dead­li­est, ac­cord­ing to a new study pub­lished Tues­day amid warn­ings that ef­forts to curb pol­lu­tion from coal won’t yield re­sults any time soon.

India’s no­to­ri­ously poor air qual­ity causes nearly 1.1 mil­lion pre­ma­ture deaths ev­ery year, al­most on par with China, con­cluded a joint re­port by two Us-based health re­search in­sti­tutes.

But where deaths linked to air pol­lu­tion in China have stead­ied in re­cent years, the rate has soared in India where smog read­ings in ma­jor cities rou­tinely eclipse safe ex­po­sure lev­els.

India has recorded a nearly 50 per­cent in­crease in pre­ma­ture deaths linked to PM2.5 -- fine par­ti­cles that lodge deep in the lungs -be­tween 1990 and 2015, the re­port found.

India’s no­to­ri­ously poor air qual­ity causes nearly 1.1 mil­lion pre­ma­ture deaths ev­ery year (AFP)

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