Air pollution in Northern China cuts life expectancy by 5.5 years

Beijing air pollution

Air pollution in Beijing’s Tuanjiehu Park

An international study has found that severe pollution during the 1990s cut five and a half years from the average life expectancy of people living in northern China, where toxic air has lead to increased rates of stroke, heart disease and cancer.  This is the first such study conducted using data sourced from China, and was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

According to the study, harmful particulates in northern China is now 55% higher than in southern China, as is evident from the thick clouds of smog drowning northern cities like Beijing.  A leading source of the pollution is coal emissions, with China consuming as much coal each year as almost the rest of the world combined.

7 Responses to “Air pollution in Northern China cuts life expectancy by 5.5 years”

  1. Editorial Team
    2013年8月17日 at 下午4:23 #

    Wow, 5.5 years!

    • Julz
      2016年5月3日 at 上午4:31 #

      Imsrpseive brain power at work! Great answer!

    • Lolly
      2016年5月29日 at 下午8:59 #

      Hot damn, loknoig pretty useful buddy.

  2. Philip Huang
    2013年9月6日 at 上午7:58 #

    time to put on a mask

    • Cherry
      2016年5月29日 at 下午10:05 #

      Very valid, pithy, suctnicc, and on point. WD.

  3. Jonnie
    2016年5月3日 at 上午4:22 #

    This is the perecft post for me to find at this time

  4. Theresa
    2016年5月29日 at 下午9:39 #

    Walking in the presnece of giants here. Cool thinking all around!