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Automobile pollution in India and its human impact


Automobiles are a ‘necessary evil’, while they have made living easy and convenient, they have also made human life more complicated and vulnerable to both toxic emissions and an increased risk of accidents. Urban people are most affected and amongst the worst sufferers are traffic policemen who are particularly close to the fumes of automobile exhaust. Studies made in Jaipur, India, indicate that there is high rate of occurrence of respiratory, digestive, ocular and skin problems amongst the traffic policemen and a significant number of them become victims of lung disorders in the very first few months of their posting to a traffic department. Traffic policement everywhere should wear ‘pollution masks’ for their own safety and to arouse public awareness of the risk of automobile pollution.

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Dr Rajiv K. Sinha is Assistant Professor in Human Ecology at the Indira Gandhi Centre of Human Ecology, Environmental and Population Studies at the University of Rajasthan. He was formerly a teaching assistant at University of Windsor,

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Sinha, R.K. Automobile pollution in India and its human impact. Environmentalist 13, 111–115 (1993).

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  • India
  • Environmental Management
  • Nature Conservation
  • Human Life
  • Human Impact