India’s booming economy has long had a dark side in the form of rampant pollution. Like China, the country has gone full throttle on a production-oriented society while ignoring rising pollution and illnesses associated with pollutants. Now, in a study of 132 countries, India has reached the bottom of the list of dirty air countries or, to put a more positive spin, the top spot on the most dirty countries. Nevertheless, the government is not concerned and assured the public that this is really not that bad.
The annual study, the Environmental Performance Index, found runaway pollution, particularly in the form of fine particulate matter. This includes PM 2.5, or the 2.5 micron size of the particulates, which are 500% above the level considered safe for human beings.
The listing also includes overall pollution where India came in at 125 out of 132.
Yet, D. Saha, a scientist in the “Air Lab” at India’s Central Pollution Control Board, insisted that the air pollution in India is really not like those of other countries and that no comparison can be made due to India’s “different terrain.” He insisted that the study should not raise “undue alarm.” Sounds like India came only in the top ten of the cleanest countries as opposed to the dirtiest. Saha, however, was finally honest when he admitted that “we have other pressing problems like poverty, focus on them.” That is the scientist entrusted with dealing with pollution.
Source: NY Times
9 thoughts on “India Takes First Place . . . In The Worst Air Pollution In The World”
India is third behind China (1st), United States (2nd) in C02 emissions according to DeSmogBlog.
A German university study found that every urine sample tested positive for Glyphosate, the main active poison in Roundup, the most “popular” herbicide:
The nations of the world are killing each other “softly” …
India’s first priority is clearly economic development and that country has determined as a matter of public policy that the cost in human lives is a worthwhile tradeoff. This is evident from Mr. Saha’s absurd comment on India’s “different terrain.”
What needs to be addressed, however, is the legal duty India (and similarly situated countries) may owe to other nations sustaining damages from its lethal emissions.
Link concerning early bloom of cherry blossoms, etc. in Washington D.C. is here.
Ecocidal sins done in India affect Washington D.C.
I hear the cherry blossoms are out in D.C.
Meanwhile Groundhog Phil says there will be 6 more weeks of winter.
He is such an environmentalist.
Texas will certainly beat them sooner than later…
http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/energy/ Ron Paul wants to do away with the EPA and increase the use of coal…..cough, cough.
The vast area in and around India is also in first place or close to it, in terms of reaping the ongoing and upcoming climate change disasters.
Al Gore and entourage are in Antarctica to bring focus on the unavoidable accountability that the Earth is exacting now, and will continue to exact in our lifetimes.
India is in the Earth’s sights so payback is scheduled.
The ecocide of India businesses may become a criminal matter in the International Criminal Court.
Interestingly, Washington D.C. will be a certain and early victim of the results of ecocide.
It is all very calculated. India has a huge population and no one child per family policy like China. The pollution will kill off millions over time. As John Wayne says to the troops in all his war movies: Smoke em if ya gottem. That country is rough on dogs.
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