India's polluted air claimed 1.24 million lives last year, study says | CBC News
CBC News - Thu 6 Dec 17:43 GMT

India's polluted air claimed 1.24 million lives last year, study says | CBC News

India's toxic air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017, or 12.5 per cent of total deaths recorded that year, according to a study published in Lancet Planetary Health on Thursday.

  India's toxic air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017, or 12.5 per cent of total deaths recorded that year, according to a study published in Lancet Planetary Health on Thursday.

  More than half of the people who died because of air pollution were younger than 70, said the study conducted by academics and scientists from various institutions in India and around the world.

  Average life expectancy in India in 2017 would have been higher by 1.7 years if air quality was at healthy levels, the report said.

  Still, the new study shows India has a higher proportion of global health loss due to air pollution — at 26.2 per cent of the world's total when measured in deaths and disability — than its 18.1 per cent share of the world's population.

  "The findings of this study suggest that the impact of air pollution on deaths and life expectancy in India might be lower than previously estimated, but this impact is still quite substantial," the study said.