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On the brink of a disaster

Mercury pollution of India

New Delhi, November 7, 2003: Mercury, a very toxic and dangerous substance, has severely contaminated land, water, air and the food chain throughout India.

Let there be CFL

When the kerosene supply went down sharply in Nagpur four years ago, Bharat Parihar's business of renting out Petromax lamps to vegetable vendors began to look fragile.

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Toxic Dumping: Destination India

New Delhi, November 4, 2003: India has earned the dubious distinction of becoming the biggest consumer in the world of a highly toxic and deadly substance: mercury.

The Mercury Menace

New Delhi, November 3, 2003: Toxic and deadly mercury imports into India have increased by six fold in the last seven years, reveals recently released data of the government.

Heavy metal

Vaccines with mercury can cause autism, but removing the metal is uneconomical for developing countries such as India

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Mercury: Heavy Toxin

Mercury is a very toxic and dangerous substance. It is  poisonous in all forms - inorganic, organic or elemental. Mercury is a proven neurotoxin. Inhaling mercury vapours can severely damage the respiratory tract. Sore throat, coughing, pain or tightness in the chest, headache, muscle weakness, anorexia, gastrointestinal disturbance, fever, bronchitis and pneumonitis are symptoms of mercury toxicity. Health concerns should be reason enough for us to properly manage its imports and disposal. On the contrary, mercury has come to severely contaminate land, water, air and the food chain throughout India.

EIA analysis of thermal power plant at Raigarh

The M/s Korba West Power Company Limited. is planning to set up a thermal power plant of 600 MW (2 x 300) coal based thermal Power Plant at Village-Bade Bhandar, District-Raigarh, Chhattisgarh. The EIA has been prepared by the Nagpur -based consultant, Anacon Laboratries PvT. Ltd. The study area for the EIA study is 10-km radius.

CFL is a leapfrog option for India as it increases efficiency, but the lack of regulations is jeopardising the programme

New Delhi, February 4, 2009: The burgeoning compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) sector in India is faced with some key concerns, and the most critical of them is the problem of disposal of mercury used in CFLs: this was the consensus at a Round Table meeting on the sector, organised here today by the New Delhi-based research and advocacy organisation, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

Mercury pollution of India

Mercury, a very toxic and dangerous substance, has severely contaminated land, water, air and the food chain throughout India.

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