“Inhaling minute airborne pollutants reduces the life expectancy of Indians by an average of 3.4 years, with Delhiites losing 6.3 years — the highest among all states. The drop in life expectancy, according to a new study led by Pune-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), is a point of concern as “future increase in PM2.5 (particulate matter of less than 2.5 microns that can inhaled into the respiratory system) concentration may worsen the situation”.
In addition to Delhi – ranked 11 most polluted cities globally by the World Health Organisation last week – air pollution is cutting the lives of those living in polluted states of West Bengal and Bihar by 6.1 years and 5.7 years respectively.
The study conducted by the IITM and Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA was published in Geophysical Research Letters.” Hindustan Times. Read it on delhiair.org.