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Poor Air Quality Shortening Life Spans In China, India, Other Nations, Interactive Map, Study Show

International Business Times: Interactive Map Shows What Air Quality Is Doing To Your Life Expectancy
“…A new interactive graphic from the University of Chicago called the Air Quality-Life Index [AQLI] shows how many years of life residents of various countries could gain if their country cut emissions to meet WHO standards. There are an estimated 4.5 billion people who are regularly exposed to levels of these particulates that are two or more times what the WHO recommends is safe…” (Godlewski, 9/11).

Quartz: This is how much of your life air pollution is stealing from you based on where you live
“…Researchers have put together a map based on new findings that show, depending on where you live, how many years of life that gritty air is stealing. In China, the ‘airpocalypse’ is shortening the Chinese lifespan by more than three years, while in India, air pollution can cut a person’s lifespan by four years on average (and nearly a decade for someone in the capital New Delhi)…” (Huang, 9/11).

Quartz: Delhi residents could live up to nine years longer if the government reduced pollution levels
“…The AQLI is based on the results of a new study of pollution and life expectancy near the Huai River in China, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study isolated the effect of air pollution on lifespans, revealing that an increase of 10 micrograms of PM10 (particulate matter that is 10 micrometers or less in diameter) per cubic meter of air (μg/m3) reduces life expectancy by 0.64 years…” (Thomas, 9/11).

Reuters: Northern China smog cuts life expectancy by 3 years versus south: study
“…Researchers with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) said average lifespans north of the Huai river, where China supplies mostly coal-fired winter heat, were 3.1 years lower than in the south, which is not covered by the state heating policy. EPIC’s study cites long-term smog exposure as a primary cause of the difference…” (Stanway, 9/11).

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