Air pollution kills 1.4 million people in India, China yearly

A study conducted by University of Texas finds that cleaner air could help in preventing nearly 1.4 million premature deaths a year in the polluted countries like India and China

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The study also warned that in the next 15 years with no changes in air pollution, the deaths per capita would increase by 20 to 30 percent in both the countries

A new study has found, cleaner air could help in prevention up to 1.4 million of premature deaths a year in the polluted countries like India and China. The study also warned that in the next 15 years with no changes in air pollution, the deaths per capita would increase by 20 to 30 percent in both the countries.

"When we found the importance of cleaning air not in the dirtiest parts of the world as expected, we were surprised and also expected to find cleaner environment in the countries like US, Canada and Europe," said, Mr Julian Marshall, University of Minnesota, and a co-author of the study which was published by ‘Environmental Science & Technology Journal'.

Mr Marshall and his research team found that meeting the World Health Organization's (WHO) particular guidelines on air quality would prevent 2.1 million deaths per year, areas with dirtier air in India, China and Russia.

In addition, target focused in less-polluted regions probably would reduce premature deaths from outdoor pollution by more than half a million in a year.

"We eagerly wanted to determine on how much cleaner in different parts of the world would need to reduce death substantially from Particular Matter (PM),' said Mr Joshua S Apte, Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas Austin, and a lead author of this study published in the journal of ‘Environmental Science & Technology'.

 

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