Air pollution is shaving a year off our average life expectancy

In some regions, fine particulate matter affects mortality more than breast or lung cancer

air pollution over India

SHORTER LIVES  Air pollution over India (seen in this satellite photo) shortens the average life span there by about 1.5 years. A new study calculates how much fine particulate matter pollution hurts life expectancy in 185 countries.

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