North Chinese Lose 5.5 yrs of Life to Air Pollution from Coal
|November 12, 2013||Posted by Staff under Environmental, Health|
Air pollution is shortening the lives of people in northern China by about 5.5 years compared to the south, a disastrous legacy of a policy that provided free coal for heating in the north.
Environmental problems are a source of rising social discontent in China; last month Beijing promised new measures to crack down on air pollution, partly by hastening a shift to renewable energy from fossil fuels.
Burning coal meant more heart and lung disease among 500 million people living in the area.
About 2 million people die every year from air pollution, mostly in developing countries. Cities such as Karachi, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Beijing, Lima, and Cairo are among the most polluted.
Even in Europe air pollution shortens average life expectancy by 8 months.