12.5% of Indian deaths due to polluted air: study

India’s toxic air has claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017, says study.

More than 51 percent of the people who died because of air pollution were younger than 70 , the study published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health released the report on Thursday.

The study, conducted by academics and scientists from various institutions in India and around the world and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Indian government and the Indian Council of Medical Research.

Of the total, about 670,000 died from air pollution in the wider environment and 480,000 from household pollution related to the use of solid cooking fuels.

The study said the average life expectancy in India in 2017 would have been higher by 1.7 years if air quality was at healthy levels.

The  study said India has a higher proportion of global health loss due to air pollution – at 26.2 percent of the world’s total when measured in deaths and disability – than its 18.1 percent share of the world’s population.

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said India was home to the world’s 14 most polluted cities.

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