Comparison of Life Expectancy Lost Due to Particulate Pollution Not Meeting the WHO Guideline
The differences are even more poignant when comparing neighbors. For example, Germans are losing just months off their lives while neighboring Poles are losing a full year due to the higher level of particulate pollution. Residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina are breathing air more comparable to pollution hotspots in Southeast Asia like Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam than to nearby Austria where there is half as much pollution. Residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina are losing almost 2 years off their lives as a result. Unlike in Southeast Asia where a portion of the pollution stems from wildfires, the pollution in eastern Europe is almost entirely due to the burning of fossil fuels.