China clears smog to raise life ex­pectancy

DNA (Delhi) - - OPINION -

China could raise av­er­age life ex­pectancy by 2.9 years if it im­proves air qual­ity to lev­els rec­om­mended by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO), ac­cord­ing a new study from a US re­search group, re­ports Reuters. China has vowed to de­ter­mine the pre­cise im­pact of air and wa­ter pol­lu­tion on health as part of its ef­forts to raise av­er­age life ex­pectancy to 79 years by 2030 from 76.3 years in 2015. Ac­cord­ing to the En­ergy Pol­icy In­sti­tute (EPI) at the Univer­sity of Chicago, big air qual­ity im­prove­ments made in the last five years have al­ready been enough to push up av­er­age life­spans. The Univer­sity of Chicago says that while the world’s big­gest pol­luter faces a long road to reach na­tional and in­ter­na­tional air qual­ity stan­dards, the re­sults “sug­gest the coun­try is win­ning its war on pol­lu­tion”. Based on daily data from more than 200 mon­i­tors across China from 2013 to 2017, the anal­y­sis found that cities have cut lev­els of PM 2.5 — the tiny air­borne par­ti­cles con­sid­ered most harm­ful to health—by an av­er­age of 32 per cent in just four years. An­other study pub­lished by it last year had found that air pol­lu­tion in north­ern China had cut life ex­pectancy by three years.

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