Particulate air pollution continues to cut global life expectancy by nearly two years as progress in some countries counterbalances worsening air quality in others, according to the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI).
“Particulate air pollution is extremely hazardous, even more than smoking cigarettes, and shortens lives globally. There is no greater current risk to human health,” says Michael Greenstone, EPIC Director.
Air pollution in India is a regional and national problem. The Air Quality Life Index finds residents of Delhi could see 9.4 years added to their lives if pollution was reduced to meet the World Health Organization guidelines.