When the air doesn’t smell quite right, we hardly give it a second thought. However, air pollution can cut our lives short… by 10 years!
Clean air, we often take it for granted.
While we hardly ever think about air pollution during an average day, it could be shaving years off our lives.
A new study shows that, an increase in pollution particles in the air of 10 micrograms per cubic metre cuts victims’ life expectancy by nine to 11 years – more than the previously thought one to two years.
Fossil fuels cause air pollution
When we burn fossil fuels, like coal or gas, tiny particles are released and cause air pollution. This is known to cause premature death.
Policies that aim to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels often cite the potential health benefits – and related cost savings – linked to reducing air pollution.
The author of the study, Prof. Mikael Skou Andersen of Aarhus University in Denmark, hopes that this information will inform international institutions and policy makers that want to accurately account for deaths caused by air pollution due to fossil fuel consumption.
Source: Elsevier www.sciencedaily.com
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