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Indian government denies health impact of brown cloud

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 07 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:513
  1. Sanjay Kumar
  1. New Delhi

    Scientists in India are claiming that the Asian brown cloud is not something specific to Asia and does not have a knock-on effect on pollution related mortality.

    The cloud, almost the size of United States, has been described by experts from the United Nations' environment programme as a blanket of brown haze 3 km deep. They say that it hangs over a vast territory encompassing the northern Indian Ocean, India, Pakistan, and much of South Asia, South East Asia, and China for as long as four winter months a year.

    The cloud is caused mostly by …

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