Cloud of Pollution `out of Control'
Geoffrey Lean Environment Correspondent, The Independent (London, England)
THE NOBEL prize-winning chemist who first predicted that man- made chemicals would damage the world's ozone layer fears that vast pollution clouds over the Indian Ocean are a sign the earth's atmosphere is losing the power to clean itself.
Clouds hovering far from the land over the world's oceans are a sign that the smoke creating the pollution is now "overloading the atmosphere" according to Professor Mario Molina, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is to launch an urgent investigation.
An enormous cloud of brown haze, the size of the United States, has been found over the Indian Ocean, 100 miles from the nearest shore, by an international scientific group. No one knows what has caused the smoke - it could come from forest fires, car exhausts on the Indian sub-continent, or perhaps from industrialised countries thousands of miles away.
Professor Molina, who was speaking after being given UNEP's $200,000 (pounds 128,000) Saskasawa Prize - the world's top environmental award - said the cloud over the Indian Ocean had only been found because scientists from the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Group were …
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