Air Pollution could kill over 5.7 lakh Indians prematurely

Air pollution could lead to 570,000 premature deaths in India, according to a new report.

Air pollution could lead to 570,000 premature deaths in India, according to a new report. For the new study, researchers at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and the US National Center for Atmospheric Research created computer simulations using 2011 data and found that air pollution could kill more than 570,000 people prematurely. Furthermore, the researchers say, the problem would likely cost the Indian economy hundreds of billions of dollars annually. (Read: Air pollution kills 1.4 million people in India every year)

Air pollution has been a public health concern in India for years. In February, a report by Greenpeace said it surpassed China in the quantity of fine particulate matter in the air. It found there were 128 micrograms of fine particulate matter in New Delhi's air. By comparison, Washington, DC, had 12. The World Health Organization recommends no more than 10 micrograms. The report said the Indo-Gangetic region, the north of the country, had the most pollution. (Read: Moms-to-be, cut your exposure to air pollution, it increases asthma risk in babies)

Meanwhile, newly released figures by WHO are suggesting increasing pollution is claiming 7 million lives every year around the world. WHO Public Health Director Maria Neira says most of the deaths are being caused by simply breathing the air in polluted cities. Neira says based on their survey of some three thousand cities around the globe, the most polluted cities are still found in China and India. (Read: Gwalior trumps Delhi to become the most polluted city in India)

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Source: ANI

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