“Europeans have gained an average of nine extra months of life expectancy, thanks to successful air pollution regulations.
Since the creation of the European Environment Agency, resulting emissions targets have meant European citizens are now exposed to 41 per cent less particulate pollution than they were two decades ago.
This insight was published in the Air Quality of Life Index which takes air pollution concentrations and looks at their impact on life expectancy. Created by the University of Chicago (UoC), the report allows governments to see the results of successful or unsuccessful pollution limiting measures in real terms.
Scientists creating the AQLI say that the particulates in polluted air are ‘working unseen inside the human body’ and have a ‘more devastating impact’ on life expectancy worldwide than diseases like HIV/AIDS or risks like cigarette smoking.”