China faces about 1.6 million premature deaths a year as a result of air pollution, the U.S.-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) said in a report, based on data going back to 1990, published on Tuesday.
China cut concentrations of hazardous particles known as PM2.5 by 6.5 percent in 338 cities last year. Smog-prone northern regions also met 2013-2017 air quality targets after a winter campaign to cut industrial output, coal consumption and traffic.
Nevertheless, deaths could still rise as China ages and overall air quality remains below the country’s own standards, the study showed.
“People are living longer and older people are more susceptible to the diseases most closely linked to air pollution – the major causes of death in China like stroke,…