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According to a report released by Greenpeace in Aug, 2019, India is the highest emitter of which of the following pollutants (gases)?
1. Carbon Monoxide
2. Sulphur dioxide
3. Ammonia
4. Nitrogen dioxide

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Correct Answer - Option 2 : Sulphur dioxide

The correct answer is Sulphur dioxide.

  • According to a new analysis by Greenpeace, India is the largest emitter of SO2 in the world with more than 15% of all the anthropogenic sulfur dioxide (SO2)  hotspots detected by NASA OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) satellite.
  • The largest source of SO2 in the atmosphere is the burning of fossil fuels and other industries' activities.
  • In 2019, India emitted 21% of global anthropogenic SO2 emissions, nearly double that of the second-ranked global emitter, Russia.
  • The major SO2 emission hotspots in India are:
    • Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh.
    • Neyveli and Chennai in Tamil Nadu.
    • Talcher and Jharsuguda in Odisha.
    • Korba in Chhattisgarh.
    • Kutch in Gujarat.

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