Over 1.2 million early deaths in India in 2017 due to air pollution - watsupptoday.com
Over 1.2 million early deaths in India in 2017 due to air pollution
Posted 03 Apr 2019 04:26 PM

On an average, the life of a South Asian child born today will be shortened by 2 years and 6 months growing up in current high levels of Air Pollution , while the global life expectancy loss is 20 months.

This when current exposure to outdoor and indoor air pollution contributed to over 1.2 million deaths in India in 2017, according to a new global study, State of Global Air 2019 (SOGA2019), released on Wednesday.

The report published by Health Effects Institute (HEI) added that worldwide, air pollution was responsible for more deaths than many better-known risk factors such as malnutrition, alcohol use, and physical inactivity.

In India air pollution is the 3rd highest cause of death among all health risks, ranking just above smoking; each year, more people globally die from air pollution related disease than road traffic injuries or may be malaria.

Out of these 3 million deaths are directly attributed to PM2.5, half of which are from India and China together. South Asian countries — Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan — led the world as the most polluted region, with over 1.5 million air-pollution related deaths according to the report.

But in India, 60% of the population still uses solid fuels; in Bangladesh that number rises to 79%, underscoring the importance of achieving success in government initiatives to address the problem.

The State of Global Air 2019 annual report and accompanying interactive website are designed and implemented by the Health Effects Institute in cooperation with the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Texas - Austin.

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