The warning of air pollution probably isn't news to anyone. Chances are you've seen the commercials, advertisements, and Environment Canada warnings before. The statements are true: Earth's air quality is quickly deteriorating, but what exactly does that mean?
In fact, the average life span has been reduced by toxic air almost as much as it is reduced by tobacco use.
TL;DR A new report concerning the state of air and pollution has confirmed that the average lifespan has been shortened, with children born today losing about 20 months off their lifespan. Similar studies also reveal that Canadians are already losing one quarter-of-a-year on their life, with no gain back even if changes are made. More details below.
The report on global air finds that children born today should expect to lose roughly 20 months of life due to poor air quality, which for the record, is only getting worse.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 4 million people die each year as a result of outdoor air quality. On top of that, Health Canada also predicted back in 2017 that 14,400 death each year can be blamed on toxic air levels.
So, what can be done to reverse or at the very least minimize the effects of poor air quality?
The World Health Organization has revealed that 91 per cent of the global population live in parts of the world where the air quality exceeds safety guidelines, which includes criteria such as mould and dampness inside a home as well as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide.
The report also confirms what the new life expectancy is around the world, with Canadians currently losing a quarter-of-a-year due to poor air quality.
In comparison, Americans are losing about half-a-year, while Russia loses just above three-quarters of a year and residents of both Sudan and India lose a year-and-a-half.
You're probably wondering what would happen if the targets for air quality were actually met. For Canadians, it turns out nothing would change at all.
The results would vary for other countries though: with South Africans gaining about half-a-year, China adding three-quarters of a year, Sudan gaining back almost an entire year along with Nigeria.
Although this might bring some hope to a dire situation, it's unlikely that the changes will be made.
With air pollution making the list for WHO's top health threats in 2019, along with the anti-vaccination movement, the future generation really doesn't stand a chance.
With air quality across the globe only worsening, the average lifespan is expected to shorten even more in the coming years.
Stay tuned for more information on the health risks related to toxic air.