Sean King

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Despite the Pollution:

A rise in living standards over the past 60 years has added about three decades to lifespans in Beijing, the capital's office for senior citizens said Friday.

The average life expectancy of Beijing residents reached 80.24 years as of 2008, top in the country, the office said. That lifespan compares with 52.8 years for Beijingers when the New China was founded in 1949.

UPDATE: Imagine how long they'd live if they had clean air.

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