Air Pol­lu­tion Cuts Av­er­age In­dian’s Life Ex­pectancy by Over 4 Years: Study

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In­dia is the world’s sec­ond most pol­luted coun­try, slightly trail­ing only Nepal, the En­ergy Pol­icy In­sti­tute at the Univer­sity of Chicago (EPIC) said last fort­night. Par­tic­u­late pol­lu­tion is so se­vere that it short­ens the av­er­age In­dian’s life ex­pectancy by more than four years rel­a­tive to what it would be if World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) air qual­ity guide­lines were met. This is up from about two years in the late 1990s due to a 69 per cent in­crease in par­tic­u­late pol­lu­tion, it said. Con­cen­tra­tions in In­dian states of Bi­har, Ut­tar Pradesh, Haryana, Pun­jab, and the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory of Delhi are sub­stan­tially higher, and the im­pact on life ex­pectancy ex­ceeds six years.

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