Saturday, June 03, 2006

India: Millions breathe deadly air

Millions of Indians breathe in cancer-causing air according to a study by the Independent Community Environmental Monitors (CEM).

One of the world's most polluted countries, India has regions with toxic levels for some pollutants 32,000 times higher than global safe air standards.

India still depends on coal for much of its energy production needed to fuel rapid economic growth.

Smokestacks in Calcutta, India belch dark smoke.
Smokestacks in Calcutta, India belch dark smoke. Reuters photo from Yahoo News.

The country has no standards or monitoring for many dangerous pollutants, according to the study.

In the first quarter of this year, the Indian economy grew by 9.3 percent.

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