Indian Air Pollution Leading Two Deaths Annually: Lancet Report
Indian air is becoming more toxic day by day and a new study finds about two deaths happen here daily due to it.
Details of the study are published in The Lancet medical journal and it writes more than a million people in the country die due to air pollution every year.
Saying air pollution and climate change are intricately linked, the new study reveals some of the worst polluted cities are in India.
The report writes northern cities are extracting a heavy toll and World Bank points this could lead to $38 billion loss in income towards labor in the country.
Across the world air pollution is the deadliest form of pollution on Earth and fourth leading risk factor for premature deaths.
World Bank adds the global economic loss due to air pollution each year is $225 billion.
In one of his recent statements the Indian Minister of State for Environment Forest and Climate Change Anil Madhav Dave said the country spends Rs 7 crore each year on monitoring air pollution.
Head of the Health and Climate Change team at the World Health Organization, Dr Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, said the real challenge is to meet the target agreed at the Paris Agreement by world leaders.
He added, “The WHO is working directly with countries to provide evidence of the specific health risks that each of them faces, and the health opportunities of a resilient, low carbon future – as well as the support that they need to respond to this defining health issue of our time.”