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Monday, 11 February 2019

How many years of our lives do we lose because of air pollution?

How many years of our lives do we lose because of air pollution? An interactive chart in the Washington Post, produced by data from researchers at the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute, breaks down by country how many extra years of life could be ours if the deadliest types of pollution were not part of the air we breathe.

So how bad is it in Egypt? Not as bad as a whole lot of others. Living in Egypt38 mn (or 43% of the population) of us lose more than one year of our lives to air pollution and 89.1 mn lose more than half of a year. That isn’t great, but it’s a far cry from some of the most adversely affected countries, including India, where 18.2 mn people (or 1% of the population) lose more than 11 years, or China, where 30.4 mn people (2% of the global populace) lose more than 7.5 years. These findings are apparently not unique to this study: The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy’s 2018 Environmental Performance Index ranked Egypt as number 66 out of 180 countries, meaning our air quality is pretty good compared to global standards.

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