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Decades Of Burning Coal Has Shortened Life Expectancy In Northern China

Aaron Liu

The Chinese government subsidizes coal in northern China, and for decades had provided the north with free coal so people could heat their homes in below-freezing temperatures. Burning coal, however, has led to air pollution levels that now pose a serious risk to public health: a new study claims that life expectancy in northern China is five-and-a-half years shorter than life expectancy in southern China.

"Since there are 500 million residents of Northern China, that means air pollution is associated with the loss of more than 2.5 billion life years of life expectancy, the study says."

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