The mode of development that the worldand Indiahas followed has led to a situation where we are surrounded by numerous hazardous substances in our everyday lives, which affect the health of people, of other living creatures, and of the planet as a whole. Our Toxic World is an effort to shine a keen light on these substances, and suggest alternatives that will allow readers to improve the physical quality of their lives and of their environment.

Our Toxic World takes a series of peeks into the lives of the fictitious Sachdeva family and the people they come in contact with, examines the hazardous substances that affect us in our everyday lives, outlines the effect these materials can have on us, and suggests alternative routes that we can adopt.

Festivals: Callous Celebrations
Festivals: Callous celebrations

The Fire in the Crackers

Analysis of the chemical composition of firecrackers has shown that highly toxic substances are present in significant quantities, which are released into the environment when the crackers are burst. These include:

  • Copper: Can be poisonous if ingested by humans. Inhalation of copper dust and fumes causes irritation of the respiratory tract.
  • Cadmium: Inhalation or ingestion of cadmium can damage the kidneys and cause anaemia. It is a potential carcinogen.
  • Lead: Can affect the central nervous system and cause cancer of the lungs and kidneys if inhaled. Young children can suffer mental retardation and brain damage if exposed to lead.
  • Magnesium: Inhalation of magnesium dust and fumes can ...

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