Emis­sions from burn­ing trash high in In­dia

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

OVER 40 per cent of the world's garbage is dis­posed of by un­reg­u­lated burn­ing, says a study, and In­dia is one of the ma­jor de­fault­ers. The study says that burn­ing of trash pro­duces emis­sions equiv­a­lent to as much as 29 per cent of of­fi­cially re­ported hu­man-re­lated global emis­sions of small par­tic­u­lates (less than 2.5 mi­crons in di­am­e­ter), 10 per cent of mer­cury and 64 per cent of a group of gases named poly­cyclic aro­matic hy­dro­car­bons.

Un­like com­mer­cial in­cin­er­a­tors, where the pol­lu­tion is tracked, burn­ing of trash in the open is un­mon­i­tored. The study, con­ducted by US-based Na­tional Cen­ter for At­mo­spheric Re­search, says that the na­tions with the great­est emis­sions from trash burn­ing are pop­u­lous de­vel­op­ing coun­tries: China, In­dia, Brazil, Mex­ico, Pak­istan, and Turkey.

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