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Over 50 crore Indians on track to lose 7.6 years of life due to Air Pollution

Published on June 15, 2022
Current Context: About 51 crore people living in north India are on track to lose 7.6 years of their life if the current air pollution levels persist.
Over 50 crore Indians on track to lose 7.6 years of life due to Air Pollution
  • According to the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC)’s Air Quality Life Index, about 44% of the world’s increase in pollution has come from India since 2013.
  • Besides India’s average annual particulate pollution has increased by 61.4% since 1998.
  • Air Quality Life Index also shortens average Indian life expectancy by five years, and in the Indo-Gangetic plains of northern India.
  • Nearly 40% of the country’s population, is on track to lose 7.6 years of life expectancy on average if current pollution levels persist.
  • As per the report India’s 1.3 billion people live in areas where the annual average particulate pollution level exceeds the WHO guidelines.
  • Due to Air pollution child and maternal malnutrition reduces average life expectancy by about 1.8 years.

Question:

Q.1 According to a recent report India’s population, is on track to lose __________ years of life expectancy?
a. 8.3 years
b. 7.6 years
c. 9.1 years
d. 10.1 years
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