Because of the polluted air, India’s 660 million people live on average for three years less, according to a recent study published today.
In a study published by the Indian magazine “Economics End Policy Wiki”, the extent of the problem of air pollution is highlighted after years of forcing the overall development of the country without taking into account environmental protection.
Of the 20 most polluted cities in the world from the list of the World Health Organization, 13 cities are in India.
It is estimated that air pollution shortens life for more than half of India’s population for at least 3.2 years.
Researchers report that their estimates may be mild, as they are partly based on satellite data, which are prone to underestimate the level of fine particles smaller than 2.5 micrometres (PM 2.5), which damage the lungs and cardiovascular system.