Northern Chinese Life Expectancy Cut by 5 Years Due to Air Pollution
July 9, 2013 10:00 AM
comment(s) - last by
The widespread use of coal in the north is causing the lower life expectancy
Chinese citizens living in the northern part of the country have a lower life expectancy than those in the south, according to a new study.
The study, led by Michael Greenstone from the environmental economics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (who was accompanied by an Israeli and two Chinese scholars), said that
heavy pollution in northern China
causes citizens in that area to have lower lifespans than those in the south.
In fact, the study says that the 500 million people who live north of the Huai River will lose 2.5 billion years of life expectancy because of air pollution. More specifically, each northerner has a 5.5-year drop in life expectancy compared to southerners.
This cut in life expectancy, according to the study, is mainly due to outdoor air pollution in the north. The concentration of particulates north of the Huai was 184 micrograms per cubic meter higher than in the south. This is about 55 percent greater in the north than south.
This much air pollution is leading to cardiorespiratory diseases and other health problems related to breathing this in. The pollution is caused by the use of free coal for boilers for winter heating north of the river. Also, coal-fired factories are extremely common in the north compared to the south.
The study analyzed health and pollution data collected by Chinese officials from 1981 to 2001.
“It highlights that in developing countries there’s a trade-off in increasing incomes today and protecting public health and environmental quality,” said Greenstone. “And it highlights the fact that the public health costs are larger than we had thought.”
The researchers hope that this study pushes China to make greater environmental protection laws and take health risks associated with air pollution more seriously.
This study was published in
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
The New York Times
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
7/9/2013 2:12:22 PM
The emissions standard crippled our automakers more than anyone else. Most of the crippling effects isn't caused by government restrictions. It was caused by their laziness while their foreign competitors chip away at their market share making superior products.
The high emissions standard have stimulated more jobs, technology and markets.
China recognized the same problems with pollution and they are actually very active at developing and using alternative energy.
"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay
NASA Study: 15% Of America's Air Pollution Is From Asia
March 19, 2008, 11:15 AM
U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor Team Up for “Integration Training”
November 19, 2014, 9:15 AM
U.S. Marshals Using Fake, Airplane-based Cell Towers to Scan Cell Phones of Americans
November 14, 2014, 9:05 AM
Ford Enlists Wind Energy Corp. to Provide Wind, Solar Energy to Four U.S. Dealerships
November 10, 2014, 10:58 AM
Disney Reveals Star Wars Ep. VII Title -- "The Force Awakens"
November 6, 2014, 3:45 PM
U.S. Navy Lockheed F-35C Completes First Carrier Landing
November 4, 2014, 12:44 PM
Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Donates $100M to Fight Raging Ebola Epidemic
October 23, 2014, 6:05 PM
Most Popular Articles
Hack of Sony Pictures Indicates Employees Were Pirating Blu-Rays
November 25, 2014, 4:00 PM
Google Caves to Microsoft and Apple's Pet "Patent Troll" Rockstar
November 24, 2014, 3:30 PM
Report: Samsung Galaxy S5 Sales Have Come in 40% Below Projections
November 24, 2014, 6:58 AM
Xiaomi Aims to be #1 Smartphone OEM Within 10 Years, Apple Urges Caution
November 21, 2014, 9:33 AM
Some High-End Luxury Watchmakers Crack Down Hard on Smartwatch Faces
November 26, 2014, 1:28 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information