Bad air killing mil­lions

Sunday Star-Times - - World -

At least one in eight deaths in In­dia can be at­trib­uted to air pol­lu­tion, ac­cord­ing to a new na­tion­wide study. More peo­ple died last year in In­dia be­cause of air pol­lu­tion than from tobacco use, ac­cord­ing to the study pub­lished in the jour­nal Lancet Plan­e­tary Health. The find­ings were ‘‘re­mark­able’’, said Lalit Dan­doni, director of the In­dia State Level Dis­ease Bur­den Ini­tia­tive, which con­ducted the study. It found that 77 per cent of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion is ex­posed to lev­els of harm­ful par­tic­u­late mat­ter that ex­ceed the stan­dard set by the In­dian Gov­ern­ment. That thresh­old is al­ready four times the limit rec­om­mended by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion. Sources of air pol­lu­tion in In­dia in­clude car ex­haust, in­dus­trial emis­sions, con­struc­tion dust, the burn­ing of crop residues, and the use of wood, char­coal and dried dung for fuel and heat­ing.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.