Bad air can reduce life expectancy to hundreds of millions of Indians by as much as nine years – almost ten -, according to a recent study from Energy Policy Institute ved University of Chicago (EPIC).
According to WHO Air pollution causes an estimated 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide each year. Mainly due to increased mortality from cardiovascular disease, cancer and respiratory infections.
In recent years, India’s pollution problem has worsened, in part because the country is dependent on fossil fuels, especially coal.
Recently the Glasgow climate summit India was among a group of countries mentioned as one of the nations that must start reducing their emissions.
In New Delhi, harmful air requires tens of thousands of lives each year, according to an analysis by IQAir-data fra Greenpeace.
Get used to the pollution
Despite the deteriorating air quality, several locals in New Delhi have become so accustomed to the polluted air that they no longer seem to notice it, writes CNN.
They write that many of the inhabitants travel around the streets without a face mask, and have become accustomed to breathing in the high levels of pollution.
Omprakash Mali, a 50-year-old gardener, tells the American channel that air pollution does not affect him or his work.
– We work with mud and dust as gardeners, so I do not feel anything about the air pollution, he said.
New Delhi is ranked among the world’s most polluted cities, and air pollution there reached “dangerous” levels in early November, according to India’s National Air Quality Index (AQI), which tracks harmful particles in the air.