No data available to link air pollution, life expectancy: Govt in Parliament | Latest News India

The government says there is no linear relationship between air pollution and life expectancy as predicted in the Air Quality Life Index (ACLI) published by the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute (EPIC).

Union Minister of State for Environment Ashwini Kumar Choubey told the Lok Sabha on Monday that no conclusive data was available to establish a direct link between deaths due to air pollution.

Earlier, BJD MP from Cuttack, Bhartrihari Mahatab, had asked if the government had taken note of recent studies suggesting that air pollution in the country is likely to shorten the life expectancy of nearly 40 per cent Indians by more than nine years.

Chaubey responded: “The government is aware of such studies. However, as reported in the annual update report of The Energy Policy Institute of the University of Chicago, there is no linear relationship between air pollution and life expectancy as predicted in the AQLI. Air pollution is one of the factors affecting respiratory diseases and related diseases. He said health is affected by several factors, including diet, occupational habits, socio-economic status, medical history, immunity and environment apart from individuals’ heredity.

The AQLI annual update report released by EPIC last month said air pollution is the biggest threat to human health in India and the average Indian resident will lose five years of life if the new WHO guideline is not met.

Residents of Delhi, the world’s most polluted megacity, with an average annual PM2.5 level of 107 micrograms per cubic meter, or 21 times the WHO guideline, will lose 10 years of life if current air pollution levels continue, it said. .

According to new WHO guidelines issued last year, average annual PM2.5 concentrations should not exceed five micrograms per cubic meter. It used to be 10 micrograms per cubic meter.

Measured in terms of lifetimes, the AQLI shows that ambient particulate pollution is consistently the world’s greatest threat to human health.

Globally, air pollution reduces life expectancy by 2.2 years compared to a world that meets the WHO guideline.

This effect on life expectancy is comparable to smoking, three times that of alcohol use and unsafe water, six times that of HIV/AIDS and 89 times that of conflict and terrorism, the report said.

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