Future of the Environment

Chemicals in products like paint and perfume create as much pollution as cars

An employee holds a Guerlain's perfume bottle at the KaDeWe department store in Berlin April 15, 2008. The over 100 years old KaDeWe, which stands for Kaufhaus Des Westens and is pronounced kah-day-vay, is the second largest store of its kind in Europe after London's Harrods. Around 50,000 people a day crowd the 60,000 square meters (646,000 square feet) of shopping space over eight floors. The food hall alone covers 7,000 square meters and has about 30,000 different products on offer.  REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY)

Consumer products such as perfume and paint make a significant contribution to air pollution. Image: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Kathryn Emmerson
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