INDIA’S TOXIC AIR CLAIMS 1,24 MLN LIVES
NEW DELHI — India’s toxic air claimed 1,24 million lives in 2017, or 12,5% of total deaths recorded that year, according to a study published in Lancet Planetary Health yesterday.
More than 51% of the people who died because of air pollution were younger than 70, said the study conducted by academics and scientists from various institutions in India and around the world.
It was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Indian government and the Indian Council of Medical Research.
Of the total, about
670 000 died from air pollution in the wider environment and 480 000 from household pollution related to the use of solid cooking fuels.
The Indian capital, New Delhi, was most exposed to the tiny particulate matter, known as PM 2,5, that can reach deep into the lungs and cause major health problems, the study concluded. Some northern states closer to Delhi were almost as bad.
Average life expectancy in India in 2017 would have been higher by 1,7 years if air quality was at healthy levels, the report said. That isn’t as gloomy as some other recent studies. — Reuters.