A study examining the impact of air pollution on global life expectancy carried out by the University of Chicago has found it to be a bigger killer than war or HIV/AIDS. The Green Party say the study highlights the urgent need for action to reduce carbon emissions.
The study found that air pollution (caused largely by burning fossil fuels) is cutting global life expectancy by an average of 1.8 years per person, making it the world’s top killer. In some regions, such as India, life expectancy can be reduced by up to 11 years due to high levels of air pollution.
Green Party Spokesperson for Climate, Cllr David Healy: “The Government consulted the public on a draft Clear Air Strategy in March 2017 but has repeatedly put off agreeing the strategy since then. There has been no explanation for the delay in finalising the Strategy. We call on Minister Bruton to take the important steps to protect public health in Ireland from air pollution, including rapid implementation of the nationwide ban on smoky fuels which the Government promised last year.”
Green Party Spokesperson for Health, Seamus McMenamin, added, “The world is beginning to wake up to the dangers of air pollution to health. Improvements to air quality in Dublin have reduced levels of heart disease and COPD. It is time for the rest of the country to share in these benefits.”
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