New study by Michael Greenstone (UChicago), Janhavi Nilekani (Harvard), Rohini Pande (Harvard), Nicholas Ryan (Yale), Anant Sudarshan (UChicago), and Anish Sugathan (Harvard) finds that India’s toxic air is shortening most of the country’s lives (over 600 million people) by 3.2 years.
“Using a combination of ground-level in situ measurements and satellite-based remote sensing data, this paper estimates that 660 million people, over half of India’s population, live in areas that exceed the Indian National Ambient Air Quality Standard for fine particulate pollution. Reducing pollution in these areas to achieve the standard would, we estimate, increase life expectancy for these Indians by 3.2 years on average for a total of 2.1 billion life years. We outline directions for environmental policy to start achieving these gains.” Economic Political Weekly. Read it on DelhiAir.org.
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