Air pollution cutting life expectancy by up to 2 years, worldwide study reveals
Air pollution is shaving years off of the global life expectancy, a shocking new study has found.
Researchers found that in the US and UK, the life expectancy of someone born today would only be reduced by an average of four months, but it was far worse in other countries. In nations plagued by air pollution, such as India and Egypt, this spiked to 1.5 years and almost two years, respectively.
Back in May, the World Health Organization singled out India’s capital, New Dehli, and Egypt’s capitol, Cairo, as the two worst polluted large cities in the world.
The team, from the University of Texas at Austin, says past research has focused on how many people are dying from air pollution but that this is the first time overall life expectancy has been studied.
Currently, the WHO estimates that, worldwide, seven million people die every year from exposure to such pollution with most deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries, chiefly in Africa and Asia.