This Factor In Pakistan Can Reduce Your Life Span
Increased air pollution in Pakistan could reduce life expectancy by at least seven years in some of the country’s most polluted areas, including Lahore, Sheikhupura, Kasur and Peshawar, according to a report Tuesday by Energy. Chicago. ) in the most recent Air Quality Index (AQI).
According to the AQLI, a pollution index that assesses air pollution, especially its effect on life expectancy, particulate pollution is the second largest risk to human health in Pakistan (after cardiovascular disease).
A typical Pakistani citizen could expect to live an extra 3.9 years if the country followed World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations to limit average annual PM concentrations from 2.5 to 5 micrograms/m3. .
In contrast, maternal and neonatal morbidity, infant and maternal malnutrition, and obesity all reduced life expectancy by 2.7 years.
240 million Pakistanis live in places where average annual levels of particulate pollution exceed WHO guidelines. Research indicates that 98.3% of the country’s population resides in areas that exceed the air quality limit of 15 micrograms per cubic meter.
According to AQLI, average annual particulate pollution levels in Pakistan increased by 49.9% between 1998 and 2021, reducing life expectancy by a year and a half.