Switch to clean energy and save 11 million life years in India

As per the study from Harvard, India could secure 11 million life years annually by switching towards clean or renewable energy from coal-fired power plants.

The research continues form Harvard University in the U.S, around 2.7 million people living in India & China who regularly breathe dirtiest air on the earth. It is around more than a third of the world’s population.

Report continues by the statement that China ranked on the 4th position and Indian is on the 5th position in the manner of most polluted air and that is the largest contributors to death in both the countries.

According to the study, researches eagerly wanted to know how replacing coal-fired power plant in China & India with clean, renewable energy could help in the improvement of human health and could save lives in the future.

They researched that if we eliminate harmful emissions from the coal-fired power plants then we could save around 15 million years of life in China & 11 million years of life in India annually.

Previous research has investigated mortality from exposure to fine particulate matter in India & China but some studies have evaluated the impact of specific source & regions of pollution & identified efficient mitigation strategies, as per the researches.

Using atmospheric chemistry modelling, they figured out province-specific annual changes in mortality & life expectancy due to the power generation.

Researchers were capable to narrow down the areas of priority, recommending upgrades to the existent power generating technologies in Shandong, Sichuan, Henan in China, & Uttar Pradesh in India due to their contribution to the present health risks.

“This study indicates how expanding monitoring networks & modelling advances are strengthening the scientific basis to set environmental priorities to secure the health of ordinary Indian & Chinese citizens,” said Chris Nielsen, co-author of research paper & executive director of the Harvard-China project.

“It also drives house just how much middle-income societies could benefit by transitioning to no-fossil electricity sources as they grow,” Nielsen said.

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