Emissions from burning trash high in India
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.