A report says that polluted air cuts life expectancy by two years.
Experts say that microscopic air pollution cuts life expectancy around the world by two years.
International media say that a study by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago has found that five people will die if the level of air pollution in all of South Asia meets the standards set by the World Health Organization. The year will be around for longer.
Based on the report, the 300 million people who live in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have an average life expectancy of eight years because of lung and heart diseases caused by PM 2.5 levels of air pollution. Since 2000, Delhi has been getting worse.
Tiny particles in the air get into the bloodstream and travel deep into the lungs.
In 2013, the United Nations said that tiny particles in the air are a cause of deadly diseases like cancer.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the amount of PM2.5 pollution in the air should not be more than 15 micrograms per cubic meter in a day and 5 micrograms per cubic meter on average in a year.
In an Air Quality Life Index report, Krista Hassankov and her colleagues, who led the study, said, “Clean air makes people’s lives better all over the world.”
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He also said that “permanently reducing global air pollution to meet guidelines from the World Health Organization would add an average of 2.2 years to life expectancy.”
The World Health Organization says that the level of pollution in almost all populated areas of the world is higher than the average level of pollution.
But the amount of pollution in the air in Asia is much higher than what the WHO says. It is 15 times higher in Bangladesh, 10 times higher in India, and 9 times higher in both Nepal and Pakistan.
But China is the only country in the area where things have gotten a little bit better.