Air polltion is behind one in eight deats in India. Photo: © Shutterstock – NatchaS

India: Toxic air claimed 1.24 million lives

India’s polluted air was responsible for 1.24 million premature deaths in 2017, or 12.5 per cent of total deaths recorded that year, according to a study published in Lancet Planetary Health. 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. More than half of the people who died because of air pollution were younger than 70. 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. Earlier this year, the WHO said India was home to the world’s 14 most polluted cities.

Source: Reuter, 6 December 2018

 

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