14 May '11, 7am

Breathing #Mumbai's air, reports the Lonely Planet travel guide, is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day

This piece is excerpted from Feeling the Heat: Dispatches From the Frontlines of Climate Change . Other contributors to the book include writers Ross Gelbspan, David Helvarg, and Mark Hertsgaard and photographer Gary Braasch. Feeling the Heat: Dispatches From the Frontlines of Climate Change Edited by Jim Motavalli, Routledge, 176 pages, 2004 The Indian city of Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is home to one of Asia's largest slums and endures among the worst air quality on earth. Half the city's population lacks running water or electricity, and the smoke from countless wood-burning cooking fires joins with the acrid haze from two-stroke auto rickshaws, diesel buses, and coal-fired power plants to all but choke the city. Breathing Mumbai's air, reports the Lonely Planet travel guide, is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day. Comparable air quality wraps New Delhi, Bangalore, ...

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