Introducing the Air Quality Life Index: twelve facts about particulate air pollution, human health, and global policy

Indians would have lived 4.3 years longer if the 2016 air quality met the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) annual safe air quality guideline of 10 micrograms per cubic metre, according to this new report

Fine PM concentration increased by 69% in India in 20 years. If air pollution levels in the Capital adhered to World Health Organization (WHO) standards, a typical Delhiite would live 10 years longer, a report released by the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute stated. The report, titled “Introducing the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI)”, said the average Indian would live 4.3 years longer if the country’s air quality met the WHO standards, which are more stringent than that of the Indian government. In comparison, the average resident of Beijing and Los Angeles would lose six years and one year respectively due to high pollution, the report also said.