44% Rise In South Asia’s Air Pollution In Two Decades

Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan are most polluted countries.

Sohil Nikam

July 29, 2020

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Iterating that particulate air pollution is a much bigger risk to human life than the COVID-19 pandemic, fresh data from the Air Quality Life Index has revealed a rise of 44% in air pollution in South Asia over the last two decades. The AQLI converts particulate air pollution into its impact on life expectancy. The body has said that without strong and sustainable policies, air pollution will continue to remain the deadliest threat to human survival even after the pandemic is over.

Currently, about a quarter of the global population lives in four countries in South Asia: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. AQLI’s research shows that people living in these countries could see their lives cut short by 5 years on average. Michael Greenstone, the creator of the AQLI said, “Though the threat of coronavirus is grave and deserves every bit of the attention it is receiving – perhaps more in some places – embracing the seriousness of air pollution with a similar vigour would allow billions of people around the world to lead longer and healthier lives.”

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