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Air Pollution Cuts Lives Short by More Than Two Years in Thailand

As residents in Bangkok, Thailand, report coughing up blood and suffering from nosebleeds due to extreme levels of air pollution, a new analysis of the Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) shows long-term exposure to fine particulate pollution is shortening the average Thai’s life expectancy by more than two years. Some areas of Thailand fare much worse. In the most polluted regions, air pollution is shortening lives by more than four years relative to what it would have been if the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline was met. “As countries navigate the dual challenges of sustaining economic growth and protecting the environment and public health, the AQLI shows not only the damage caused by pollution but also the enormous gains that can be made with policies to address it,” says Michael Greenstone, the Milton Friedman Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago, who created the Index along with his colleagues at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. The AQLI finds that in 2016, 87 percent of Thailand’s 68 million people lived in areas where the annual average particulate pollution level exceeded the WHO guideline. Seventy-five percent lived in areas where it exceeded Thailand’s own air quality standard. In Bangkok, growth in industry and vehicle prevalence led to a 23 percent increase in pollution from 1998 to 2016. Residents there are now seeing their lives cut short by 2.4 years. In Chiang Mai, residents are living 3.6 fewer years than if the WHO guideline was met. PCD admits severity of forest fire situation  The Pollution Control Department (PCD) admitted that the forest fire situation has been severe due to many factors so far this year but confirmed that solutions to the problems are underway. PCD Director General Pralong Damrongthai said the current northern forest fire situation is... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Air Pollution Cuts Lives Short by More Than Two Years in Thailand, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Air Pollution Cuts Lives Short by More Than Two Years in Thailand

 

 

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Published By: Thailand Business News - Monday, 18 March

 

 

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