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Study: Air pollution cut northern China lifespans

Friday - 7/12/2013, 12:24am  ET

In this Tuesday, May 7, 2013 photo, visitors to Tiananmen Gate wear masks during a day of heavy pollution in Beijing. Air pollution significantly shortens people’s life expectancy, according to a study published Tuesday that says bad air shortened the lives of 500 million people in north China by an average of more than five years. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

LOUISE WATT
Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) -- A new study links heavy air pollution from coal burning to shorter lives in northern China. Researchers estimate that the half-billion people alive there in the 1990s will live an average of 5
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