According a new study, people in southern China live an average about 5 and a half years longer than residents of northern China. The reason for the life expectancy disparity that was pinpointed in the study was the burning of coal creating air pollution that affects the health of people of all ages.
In some parts of China, the pollution is so visibly bad that some residents are moving away rather than risking their health.
According a new study, people in southern China live an average about 5 and a half years longer than residents of northern China.
The study cited heavy pollution from the north’s reliance on burning coal for the life expectancy disparity that affects the health of people of all ages.
In northern China, the government gives out coal to keep people warm during the winter, but there are some negative effects of so much coal burning.
The data on air pollution shows that the concentration of particles in the air was 55 percent higher in areas north of the Huai River – the demarcation line set by the Chinese government through central China.
Alex L. Wang, professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies Chinese environmental policies said: “This adds to the growing mountain of evidence of the heavy cost of China’s pollution. This study suggests that the long-term harms of coal pollution might be worse than we thought.”
Even at birth, the number of particles in the air has an affect on a child’s life expectancy.