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India suffers from severe air pollution, which causes the population to live shorter lives. In image construction work in Delhi in early November.
Air pollution, which mostly comes from fossil fuels, shortens the life expectancy of people with an average of 1.8 years, according to the researchers.
Air pollution is worse than smoking, war and HIV / AIDS in terms of how it affects global public health, according to researchers at the University of Chicago, reports the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
But the danger is seen as abstract, according to researcher Michael Greenstone.
"Worldwide, people breathe air which poses serious health risks. But the way to communicate is often very dim and confusing," he said in a press release.
Therefore, researchers have developed the AQLI air quality life index (air quality of life index), which shows through web-based interactive maps, how many years the average person will live if the area is managed by WHO guidelines on air pollution.
In some parts of Indonesia, on average, people can live up to five years longer in certain areas if action is taken to reach the target value.
An average of 4.3 years lives on average in India due to air pollution, and in some parts of the country there are eleven years less.
"The fact that this AQLI tool quantifies your number of years and I has been lost because of air pollution makes me worry," Indian lawmaker Kalikesh Singh Deo said in a statement.
According to the tool, Sweden is under the WHO guide ten micrograms per cubic meter. However, other surveys concluded that larger Swedish cities have air that is so dirty that it causes premature death.