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Policy Impacts

How Have Air Pollution Policies Extended Lives?

Throughout history, countries all over the world have experienced intense air pollution during periods of rapid industrialization. These countries have largely been successful in confronting their pollution challenge thanks to a demand for change from their citizens and subsequent strong policies. The AQLI provides a metric to determine the benefits of these policies in terms of extended lives.

United States: Clean Air Act (1970)

With 66% less pollution, Americans are living healthier, longer lives.

Reductions in particulate air pollution alone, thanks in large part to the Clean Air Act, have added 1.6 years to the life expectancy of the average American since 1970.

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China: National Air Quality Action Plan (2013)

China’s War on Pollution Has Cut Smog by 39%

After five years fighting a “War on Pollution,” China has seen remarkable progress in reducing pollution and winning its war. If these improvements are sustained, people in China could see their life expectancy increase by nearly 2.1 years.

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Mexico City: ProAire (1990)

Pollution is down 64% in the city once renamed “Makesicko City.”

The ProAire policies have allowed residents to live 3.5 years longer.

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Pollution Facts

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