Graphic toont het niveau van luchtvervuiling in India op 5 november, en het gemiddelde verlies aan levensverwachting in de wereld enin India van 1998 tot 2016, te wijten aan vervuiling.


Slechte lucht verkort leven in India met 7 jaar

By Jordi Bou

November 5, 2019 - Terwijl smog New Delhi verstikt, toont een nieuwe studie aan dat lucht-
vervuiling de levensverwachting met zeven jaar kan verkorten in een breed deel van Noord-India, waar zo’n 40 procent van de bevolking woont.

More than 480 million people reside in the seven States and union territories comprising the bulk of the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) region of north India namely Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.

The Air Quality Life Index (AQLI), produced by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), shows there has been a 72% increase in pollution from 1998 to 2016 in the IGP region. In 1998, the impact on people’s lives from dirty air would have been 3.7 years of life expectancy.

In 1998, citizens living outside of the IGP region lost 1.2 years of life relative to what it would have been if air quality met the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. In 2016, citizens in non-IGP states lost about 2.6 years of life compared to 7 years in the IGP region.

Delhi entered its 10th consecutive day of hazardous air pollution on Tuesday, according to air quality analysts IQAir AirVisual, making it the longest string of severely polluted days for the city since records began in 2016.

PUBLISHED: 05/11/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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