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India’s least developed states are bearing the brunt of air pollution

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The human cost of India’s air pollution crisis is massive, especially in some of its poorest and least developed states.

In 2017, one in eight deaths in India were attributable to air pollution, according to a new study published in the Lancet Planetary Health journal. Written by a team of 76 researchers as part of the 2017 Global Burden of Disease study, the study analyses the exposure to air pollution across Indian states and its impact on deaths, disease, and life expectancy.

The researchers found that over three-quarters (77%) of India’s population was exposed to ambient particulate matter (PM2.5) far above the healthy limit of 40 μg/m3 recommended by........

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