Health and Pollution : Features

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  • Fighting garbage in Goa

    6 December 2005

    The tiny west Indian state of Goa is drowning in garbage - almost literally, not least from the 200,000 tourists hoidaying there this year. But now Goans are beginning to fight back against government apathy, as Lionel Messias reports.

  • Challenging apathy to clean up the deadly Ganges

    17 October 2005

    The latest 'Clean Ganges Day', in September, has once again heightened public awareness in India about the need to cleanse the world's most important river: lifeline for nearly 500 million people. Here Ganges river activist Roger Choate reports on the uphill battle to restore to good health this most holy of rivers, and on a pond treatment system which is helping to deal with the pollution which contributes to the death of thousands of Indian children every year.

  • Toxic trespass

    6 April 2005

    A chemical invasion of women's bodies threatens the rights they have so recently won. Sharyle Patton reports.

  • Development or disaster in India?

    8 February 2005

    As rapidly developing countries such as India industrialise, the dangers to local communities from pollution are often overlooked until there is a major disaster such as occurred in Bhopal. But action groups in India are beginning to sound the alarm, as in Patencheru, in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the country's newest high tech destinations - and one of its most toxic hotspots, as Dinesh Sharma reports.

  • How millions can be saved

    7 December 2004

    Two recent reports have shown how the health of the world's poorest people, living under dangerous environmental conditions, can be improved - and millions of lives saved - if the right policies are pursued.

  • Coal takes heavy human toll

    7 December 2004

    Startling new research shows that one out of every six women of childbearing age in the United States may have blood mercury concentrations high enough to damage a developing fetus. This means that 630,000 of the 4 million babies born in the country each year are at risk of neurological damage because of exposure to dangerous mercury levels in the womb.

  • SPECIAL REPORT Bhopal's sad anniversary

    23 November 2004

    Twenty years ago, on the night of December 2, 1984, the world was shaken to hear of the world's worst industrial accident, when a terrible explosion poured toxic gas from the Union Carbide plant in the Indian city of Bhopal. Thousands were killed, and many thousands injured. Here, in an exclusive report, Darryl D'Monte says many still await proper compensation.

  • Arsenic deaths spreading in India

    23 November 2004

    Twenty-six years after arsenic contamination of water supplies was first detected in West Bengal, symptoms of the problem are being observed in more and more Indian states. Here Kimberlye Kowalczyk reports from Delhi on a pollution problem that is now affecting millions in the sub-continent.

  • Kabul choking on air pollution

    9 June 2004

    High levels of dust and fumes are choking Kabul, causing widespread health problems for the city's residents. Such is the seriousness of the problem that the Afghan government has started to take action to curb the country's pollution problem. Wahidullah Amani reports.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Where there's muck there's hope

    8 June 2004

    Waste is a life and death issue in many parts of the world. Poor sanitation and rubbish collection, along with a poor water supply, play a big part in the deaths of some 1.8 million people, mostly children, who die from diarrhoea each year. According to the World Health Organisation more than a third of these deaths could be avoided if sanitation was improved. Now a couple of English professors believe they have found a way to deliver low cost solutions.