Deaths from air pollution in India rivals China: study
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)