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Friday, May 18, 2007

Needing oxygen

One of the parts I’ve never understood about the rights reluctance to admit global warming is the mindset that we can pollute the planet as much as we like without any repercussions whatsoever. It is a bizarre belief that undermines any credibility they may attempt on the issue, here’s a case in point

Oxygen supplies for India police
Police stations across the Indian city of Calcutta have been equipped with oxygen devices to enable police to offset the effects of pollution.
The extra air is for the benefit of hundreds of traffic policemen in the city who have to brave some of the worst pollution in the world. The move follows a recent report which said that some 70% of people in the city suffer from respiratory disorders. It said that traffic police were among the worst hit by poor air quality.

Oxygen concentrators
Ailments include lung cancer, breathing difficulties and asthma, the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) study said. The CNCI is one of India's foremost research bodies, and its investigation - published earlier this month - took six years to complete. One of its key findings was a direct link between air pollution among the 18 million people of Calcutta and the high incidence of lung cancer. Calcutta tops all Indian cities when it comes to lung cancer - at 18.4 cases per 100,000 people - far ahead of Delhi at 13.34 cases per 100,000.


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