June 6, 2024

via The Leaflet

How combating air pollution can also help create a more equal world

Air pollution is as much an equity and justice issue as it is an environmental issue, writes Tanushree Ganguly for The Leaflet.

In the News

April 24, 2024

via Washington Post

Nearly 2 in 5 Americans breathe unhealthy air. Why it’s getting worse.

Fully implemented, the updated EPA standard on pollution would save 6.6 million more total years of life than the previous standard, largely in the West and Midwest, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago finds.


April 22, 2024

Making Clean Air an Earth Day Priority

While global environmental activism has been successful in making plastics a part of the global agenda, air pollution—the world’s greatest external risk to human health—continues to remain on the margins of the conversation.

In the News

April 15, 2024

via Newage

Holidays bring no respite from air pollution

According to the Chicago University study titled Air Quality Life Index (AQLI), air pollution is the second-largest threat to human health for people living in Bangladesh, behind only cardiovascular diseases.

In the News

April 8, 2024

via The Week

The choking lungs of both Punjabs

An Air Quality Life Index study suggests that since 1998, average annual particulate pollution has increased by 20 per cent, cutting 0.9 years from the lives of an average Pakistani over these years.

In the News

April 4, 2024

via Al Jazeera

Why does South Asia have the world’s worst air pollution?

The 2023 AQLI Report found that an average Pakistani would live for 3.9 years longer if air quality met the WHO guidelines.

In the News

April 1, 2024

via Yabiladi

Moroccan coal plant among Africa’s top air polluters

According to the Air Quality Life Index assessment, permanently reducing PM2.5 concentrations from the 2021 level to the WHO guideline of 5 µg/m3 could improve the average life index by up to 1.3 years in Egypt, 0.4 years in Morocco, and less than 0.1 years in Algeria.

In the News

March 25, 2024

via Times of Karachi

Pakistan among world’s top three smoggiest countries of 2023

Christa Hasenkopf, director of EPIC's Clean Air Program at the University of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute, highlights the lack of public air quality monitoring in 39% of countries.

In the News

March 1, 2024

via Rest Of World

Riders In The Smog

The 2023 Air Quality Life Index, carried out by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, found that air pollution shortens lives by an average of 11.9 years in New Delhi, 8.1 years in Dhaka, and 7.5 years in Lahore.

In the News

February 23, 2024

via Grist

Climate change is undoing decades of progress on air quality

“[Air pollution] is a political and social issue that has to be tackled at a national level...The size of the impact on life expectancy in two relatively geographically nearby areas can be surprising,” said Christa Hasenkopf, the director of the Clean Air Program at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.