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10 Most Polluted Places in the World

pe The Most Polluted Places in the World Power & Energy Norilsk, Russia - Contains world's largest heavy metal smelting complex - 2million tons of sulphur dioxide is released into the air annually - Life expectancy for factory workers is 10 years less than Russian average Dzerzhinsk, Russia 5 million - 300,000 tons of chemical waste was disposed here between 1930 and 1998 - In certain places the water has levels Chernobyl, Ukraine people are poisoned everyday in the developing world - Location of the world's worst nuclear disaster -20 years after the disaster the exclusion zone still remains uninhabitable - 5 million people inhabit the affected area around Chernobyl of dioxins 17 million times higher than - 15.8% of deaths among children are caused by respiratory diseases what is deemed safe - In 2003 the death rate exceeded birth rate by 260% Average life expectancy for men is 42 - Infertility and birth defects remains high Sumgayit, Azerbaijan - 250,000 potentially affected - 40 factories manufacturing chemicals - 120,000 tons of harmful emissions - Cancer rates 51% higher than average Linfen, China - 3 million affected - Provides 2/3 of nation's coal energy -Worst air quality in China, pollutants include arsenic and sulphur dioxide - High rates of lead poisoning in children 25% of all deaths in the developing world are attributable to environmental factors La Oroya, Peru - Population of 35,000 and a poly- metallic smelter. - 99% have blood lead levels exceeding acceptable limits - Very high rates of premature deaths - Vegetation destroyed by acid rain 10 Tianying, China Kabwe, Zambia Sukinda, India - 140,000 affected Water - Largest lead production base in China - Lead concentrations are 10x higher than national health standards - 85% of air samples have lead concentrations - Contains 97% of India's chromite ore - Mining and smelting of zinc and lead began in 1902 and ran until 1994 - Most workers and residents of the area pollution causes - 30 million tons of waste rock Vapi, India - 60% of drinking water contains twice 14,000 -400 km belt of industrial estates the national standard of hexavalent have been exposed to toxic levels of lead due to a waterway running from the mine to town and the inhalation of - Waste products include heavy metals, cyanides, pesticides and other toxins - Mercury in the groundwater is 96 times higher than WHO standards - Very high incidences of respiratory diseases and numerous cancers chromium deaths a day - 2.6 million potentially affected dust - In many cases children's blood lead levels are regarded as potentially fatal Source:, MSN News

10 Most Polluted Places in the World

shared by rmmojado on Jan 28
Although the worlds developed countries are infamous for being in the most polluting, but can manage the expense of the economic money to cut greenhouse gas emissions and ecological cleanup attempts.


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