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Eliminating emissions in India and China can add years to people's lives: Study

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

About 2.7 billion people who live in and India-- which is more than a third of the world's population--regularly polluted air.

According to a recent study, eliminating harmful emissions from power plants could save an estimated annual 15 million years of life in and 11 million years of life in Air is one of the largest contributors to death in both countries, ranked 4th in and 5th in India, and harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants are a major contributing factor.

In a recent study, published in the journal International, researchers from wanted to know how replacing coal-fired power plants in China and with clean, could benefit human health and save lives in the future.

Previous research had explored mortality from exposure to fine particulate matter in and China but few studies have quantified the impact of specific sources and regions of and identified efficient mitigation strategies.

Using state-of-the-art atmospheric chemistry modeling, the researchers calculated province-specific annual changes in mortality and life expectancy due to power generation. Using the province-specific approach, the researchers were able to narrow down the areas of highest priority, recommending upgrades to the existing power generating technologies in Shandong, Henan, and provinces in China, and state in India due to their dominant contributions to the current health risks.

"This study shows how modeling advances and expanding monitoring networks are strengthening the scientific basis for setting environmental priorities to protect the health of ordinary Chinese and Indian citizens," said Chris Nielsen, of the Harvard-China Project and a of the paper. "It also drives home just how much middle-income countries could benefit by transitioning to as they grow.

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First Published: Thu, October 18 2018. 22:25 IST