According to the NAS*…                


       Shorter Lifespans!


                              (made in China)


Study shows a 5.5-year drop in life expectancy from 1981 to 2001.

[For more use the DOOR.]




First, the study which appeared in a recent** issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and was conducted by an American, an Israeli, and 2 Chinese scholars, compared decreases in life spans in the industrial north with the much less industrial south. So young man, head south if you plan to stay a while…

The culprit leading to many cardiorespiratory diseases, and related illnesses, is China’s widespread use of coal.

“The researchers project that the 500 million Chinese who live north of the Huai River will lose 2,500,000,000 years of life expectancy because of air pollution.”

We at Adozenseconds feel that national and international life expectancies, and factors affecting them, should be part of future conversations about healthcare and other human expectations. Everything has a price tag and we should become more open about what these “everythings” cost.


* That’s the American National Academy of Sciences.

** Oddly, the date of this report is not included. We added “recent.” Our information here comes from the New York Times as reported in the Scranton, PA, Times-Tribune (July 9, 2013).

Author: John Knapp