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Air pollution reduces global life expectancy by nearly two years, and Skopje is the sixth most polluted city in the world

Fossil fuel-driven particulate air pollution cuts global average life expectancy by 1.8 years per person, according to a new pollution index and accompanying report produced by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. The Air Quality Life Index establishes particulate pollution as the single greatest threat to human health globally, with its effect on life expectancy exceeding that of devastating communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, behavioral killers like cigarette smoking, and even war. Critically, the AQLI reports these results in tangible terms that are relatable for most people.

“Around the world today, people are breathing air that represents a serious risk to their health. But the way this risk is communicated is very often opaque and confusing, translating air pollution concentrations into colors, like red, brown, orange and green. What those colors mean for people’s well-being has always been unclear,” said Michael Greenstone, the Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and director of EPIC.

Greenstone also noted: “My colleagues and I developed the AQLI, where the ‘L’ stands for ‘life,’ to address these shortcomings. It takes particulate air pollution concentrations and converts them into perhaps the most important metric that exists: life expectancy.”

According to the data, Nepal is the country with the most polluted air in the world, followed by India.

Air pollution in these countries is so serious that it reduces people’s average life expectancy of people by 4 years.

With Skopje being the sixth most polluted city in the world, environmentalists are urging the City of Skopje and the Ministry of Environment to begin with immediate application of short-term and medium-term measures aimed at reducing air pollution in the city. According to the latest report published at a conference on air pollution organized by the World Health Organization, Macedonian citizesn breathe the most polluted air throughout Europe.

Source: Chicago News