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Children face reduction in life expectancy of 20 months ‘due to air pollution’

New research shows how a child born today could be affected by highly polluted air

  • The Irish Times

The life expectancy of a child born today will be reduced by an average of 20 months due to health damage caused by air pollution, researchers said on Wednesday.

In South Asia, where air pollution levels are highest, the life expectancy for children born in countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh is forecast to fall by more than 30 months, according to the annual State of Global Air report, published by the Health Effects Institute, a US-based nonprofit research group.

Of all risks to health across the world, air pollution is the fifth leading cause of death, killing more people each year than road accidents and…

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