Cutting down household fuels can reduce air pollution, save 2.7 lakh lives in India every year, says study


Cutting down household fuels can reduce air pollution, save 2.7 lakh lives in India every year, says study

A new study by the University of California, Berkeley and IIT Delhi has estimated that a major dent in air pollution can be made by curbing emissions from household fuels such as wood, dung, coal and kerosene. The study states that fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) from household air pollution also eats away at the user’s health and according to the researchers’ estimates, at least 2,70,000 lives can be saved in a year in India by eliminating emissions from these sources.

The study was published recently in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Mitigating the use of household fuels can reduce air pollution related deaths in the country by about 13 per cent,” Sagnik Dey from IIT, Delhi, who was one of the researchers, told The Indian Express. Read More

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