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Impact of Pollution on Human Health

  • Date Submitted: 02/04/2012 10:37 PM
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Should we pay an exorbitant price for progress? When we race ahead on the road to material prosperity, are we not losing something in the bargain? Does man have the right to destroy the pure environment God has given him? Can he go scot-free after undermining the ecosystem that supports him? People the world over, including India, are learning the hard way to find answers to these thought-provoking questions.
Our very survival is in danger if we seek to pollute the very world we are living in. Nature's retribution could be all on a sudden as we saw in the case of the infamous 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy or the slow death caused by pollution of air and water, pollution of land by the accumulation of solid wastes and the noise pollution.
The magnitude of the Bhopal gas tragedy is often forgotten we fail to remember that this one tragedy killed more people than all the industrial accidents, taken together, worldwide in the 20th century. But the scars of the greatest industrial pollution in history still remain to haunt thousands of sufferers today.
Many of the survivors not only battle psychiatric problems, but a wide range of physical disorders; the gases destroyed lung tissue the single biggest reason for death people could not breathe any longer. Physical disability impaired their capacity to work and many suffered eye damage. Next year we will be observing the 20th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy, but the victims are running from pillar to post for justice.
The Union Carbide and those responsible for the tragedy are still at large.
Those living in the big cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kanpur and the like might have to take a holiday in distant countryside to feel what unpolluted air is all about. The cities nave becomes too crowded with fumes from proliferating automobiles and mushrooming factories and accumulating garbage dumps. And most of die rivers have become sewers.
The drainage mains laid long ago have started...

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