Air Pollution Shortens Life Expectancy by Two Years All Over the World
A new study, executed by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, US, finds that air pollution shortens life expectancy on the global level by up to two years and the situation worsens every year.
For the study, a team of the researchers looked at tiny PM2.5 particles that come from such sources as power plants, exhaust systems, airplanes, forest fires, and dust storms. These particles, due to their small size, stay in the air longer than the heavy ones and get deep into the lungs.
Dr. Joshua Apte, an assistant professor in the department of population health at the University of Texas at Austin, says: “The overall impact of air pollution is big and what we're doing is putting the health benefits of addressing air pollution into context. For example, it could lead to a life expectancy that's equivalent to or greater than curing certain import cancers like lung cancer and breast cancer.”
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