Indian government denies health impact of brown cloudBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7363.513/a (Published 07 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:513
- Sanjay Kumar
- 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 …