Air pollution poses yet another crisis for Iraq As if Iraq didn't have enough troubles, air pollution has hit alarming levels in the nation, exacerbating respiratory ailments among its citizens. War damage to the power grid has made state-produced electricity unpredictable, and reconstruction promises by the occu- uh, liberating forces have not panned out. Still, summer temperatures above 120 degrees render air conditioning a near-necessity, so tens of thousands of Iraqis run private home generators or plug in to neighborhood electric stations. Since the start of the war, the number of small gasoline-powered generators has increased 50-fold in Baghdad, where …
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