Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fact-file : Pollution

Pollution is one of the biggest killers, affecting more than 100 million worldwide.
Here are some eye-opening facts on pollution in India and Asia outside textbooks. If this hasn't shaken you up, nothing will...

Fact 1: Children contribute to only 10% of the world’s pollution but are prone to 40% of global disease.

Fact 2: China is the world’s largest producer of carbon dioxide. United States is number 2.

Fact 3: Almost 80% of urban waste in India is dumped in the river Ganges.

Fact 4: Acidification of the ocean is the worst type of pollution. Oceans are becoming more acidic rue to green house emissions from fossil fuel. Sea water Pollution also kills more than 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals every year.

Fact 5: More than 100 pesticides in any medium- air, water or soil can cause birth defects, gene mutation and  cancer.

Fact 6: There are more than 500 million cars in the world and by 2030 the number will rise to 1 billion. This means vehicular pollution level will be more than double.

Fact 7: Around 1000 children die in India every year due to diseases caused from the polluted water.

Fact 8: In India, the Ganges water is gradually becoming septic, especially due to dumping of half burnt dead bodies and enshrouded babies.

Fact 9: 88% of the children in Guiyu, China suffer from various respiratory diseases as the area they live in is a huge e-waste site.

Fact 10: Tsunami in Japan during the year 2011,  has created a debris of 70 miles, which consists of cars, plastic, dead bodies and radioactive waste.

Fact 11: Pollution in China can change the weather in United States.

Fact 12: Every 1 million ton of oil that is shipped, approximately 1 ton from gets wasted in the form of spills.

Fact 13: A glass that is produced from recycled glass instead of raw materials can reduce related air pollution by 20%, and water pollution by 50%.

Fact 14: If you think that you don’t smoke and you will be spared by lung cancer, just remember that your lungs or heart may be similarly damaged simply from exposure to ozone and particulate matter.

Fact 15: In cities, where there is huge traffic and vehicles run bumper-to-bumper, the pollutants in the air can seep into your car making the air you breathe inside your car up to 10 times more polluted than typical city air.

If these statistics are enough to give us a wake-up call, then even more needs to be done beyond that. 

Step ahead and stop pollution yourself, today. How to achieve that and more, in our upcoming blogs....

*facts gathered from


    Samuchit Enviro Tech.

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