Air pollution cuts three years off lifespans in Northern China

A well-meaning Chinese policy of providing residents in the chilly north of the country with free coal to heat their homes has shaved years off their lives, while also equipping researchers with a metric that can be used to measure similar environmental impacts elsewhere in the world. From 1950, those living above the Huai River received free or heavily subsidised coal during winter; their counterparts south of the river did not. A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at pollution data from across China between 1981 and 2012 and compared it with mortality data for nearly 80 million people from 2004 to 2012. The study found there was 46 percent more particulate pollution in the north, and that this was responsible for a 3.1 year cut in life expectancy thanks to deaths from cardiorespiratory diseases. Particulates are tiny pieces of pollutant matter suspended in the air. Black chugging smoke might look threatening, but our nostrils o

Air pollution cuts three years off lifespans in Northern China

There are currently an estimated 4.5 billion people around the world exposed to levels of particulate air pollution that are at least twice what the World Health Organization (WHO) considers ...

Mon 11 Sep 17 from Phys.org

Air pollution cuts three years off lifespans in northern China, Mon 11 Sep 17 from Science Blog

People in China are dying three years early because of airborne particulates, which are also impacting the health of people in India and even the US.

A well-meaning Chinese policy of providing residents in the chilly north of the country with free coal to heat their homes has shaved years off their lives, while also equipping researchers ...

Wed 13 Sep 17 from Discovery News

Northern China smog cuts life expectancy by 3 years versus south: study

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Air pollution caused by coal-fired winter heating has slashed life expectancy in northern China by more than three years compared with the south, according to a new study, ...

Mon 11 Sep 17 from Reuters

Chinese Heating Policy Took Years Off Billions of Lives, Study Shows

NewsFor the first decades of Communist rule, China dictated a far-reaching regulation to heat homes during its winters. The Huai River Policy, in effect from 1950 through 1980, was simple: homes ...

Wed 13 Sep 17 from Laboratory Equipment

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