“India’s Diesel Subsidy Spurs Pollution Worse Than Beijing”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-27/india-s-diesel-subsidy-spurs-pollution-worse-than-beijing.html

While Beijing and Shanghai make the headlines for air pollution caused by factory smokestacks burning coal, Delhi residents get their smog right in the face from cars and trucks running on cheap diesel.

India subsidizes sales of the fuel to the equivalent of $15 billion a year, encouraging purchases of diesel vehicles that can pump out exhaust gases with 10 times the carcinogenic particles found in gasoline exhausts.

The result: Delhi’s air on average last year was laced with double the toxic particles per cubic meter being reported in Beijing, leading to respiratory diseases, lung cancer and heart attacks.

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Emerging economies are responsible for 88% of global emissions so now global pressure is being applied on them to reduce them.

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