In India, large piles of garbage fill both sides of the road until someone sets them on fire, according to Heidi Vreeland of Duke University in Durham, N.C. And those trash piles produce a “rainbow” of toxic substances that fill the air that residents breathe.
Labeled the most toxic place on Earth, these burning trash sites produce high levels of toxins in their smoke that are a thousand times higher than normal.
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Burning roadside dumps in India can be the most toxic place on Earth – the level of toxins in their smoke a thousand times higher than normal and it contains a whole “rainbow” of toxic substances, say environmentalists in an article published in the journal Atmospheric Environment.
“If you measure the quality of air we have here in the US or in other parts of India, the detectors you’ll see just a set of plain gray strips. But these steaming dump turned our filters in the colors of the rainbow, so bright and colourful, that one of my colleagues thought I was holding a shadow set makeup,” says Heidi Vreeland (Heidi Vreeland) from Duke University in Durham (USA).