Delhi Pollution Reduced Life Expectancy Of Residents By More Than 10 Years: Report

The Logical Indian Crew India

November 21st, 2018 / 12:36 PM

Air pollution life expectancy

Image Credit: NewsMobile, The Indian Express

The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) has released a report taking into account the air quality index which states, in the past two decades, Delhi had the worst level of pollution in 2016 as that year reduced the life expectancy of residents by more than 10 years.

The study also concluded that the national capital was among the top 50 polluted cities in the country. Trailing Nepal, India is the second most polluted country in Asia. Delhi’s reduction in life expectancy is the highest in Asia which is more than six years.


Air pollution more harmful than cigarettes

The report also stated that globally, particulate pollution is a huge life threat as it reduces life expectancy by 1.8 years. According to the report, first-hand cigarette smoke reduces life expectancy by 1.6 years, reported Times Now.

“The impact of particulate pollution on life expectancy is comparable to that of smoking, twice that of alcohol and drug use, three times that of unsafe water, five times that of HIV/AIDS, and more than 25 times that of conflict and terrorism,” it said. The report further stated that particulate matter pollution reduced the average life expectancy in India by 4.3 years compared to 2.2 years in 1998.

It said that Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, and the National Capital Territory of Delhi are in more danger as the life expectancy in these areas has reduced by more than six years. It said that air pollution is the single greatest threat to human lives, more than HIV/AIDS, diabetes and cigarettes.


Artificial rain in Delhi

With the pollution in Delhi refusing to subside, the Cente is planning to induce artificial rain to wash down the pollutants, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said.

Reportedly, the Centre will implement the plan of inducing artificial rain when/if the air quality level crosses the 500 mark. 

Cloud seeding is a method of using chemical agents, including silver iodide, dry ice and even common table salt with already formed clouds, to make them heavier and induce rain. Last year too, there were several talks about inducing artificial rain to reduce pollution, but the plan never became the reality.


Also Read: Delhi: Within 48 Hrs, Human Lung Replica Turns ‘Dark Grey’ In The Capital’s Toxic Air


Contributors

Written by : Poorbita Bagchi

Edited by :

Related Stories

Deadly Air Pollution May Cut 17 Years From Life Of A Delhi Resident

Air pollution life expectancy

Delhi Pollution Reduced Life Expectancy Of Residents By More Than 10 Years: Report

Human Development Ranking

India Jumps One Position Up In Human Development Ranking; Improvement In Education & Life Expectancy At Birth: UNDP Report

Provident Fund Interest Rate At Five-Year Low, Reduced To 8.55%

Fact Check: Has The Government Reduced Over 60% Budget For RTI?

Bangalore Development Authority’s Revised Master plan 2031: Reduced Forest Cover And Encroached Lakes

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Delhi: How Fire Safe Are Government Buildings?

News

Bharti Airtel To Become Foreign Entity, Govt Policies Responsible?

News

‘State Government Withdrew My Security Because I Criticised It’: Retd Kerala High Court Judge

News

Why Onion Prices Continue To Sky Rocket Even When Farmers Are Selling At Low Cost

Exclusive

Explained: How New Citizenship Bill Will Pave Way For ‘Hindutva Version Of Pakistan’ In India

News

UP Govt To Set Up ‘Cow Safaris’ To Promote ‘Tourism’, Upkeep Of Cattle

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.