The 10 most polluted places on the planet have been mapped! A US-based environmental charity has documented the hotspots, of which three are in Russia, with the remainder dotted in various countries, according to the Blacksmith Institute.
Pix: Children scavenging on the site of lead mines in Kabwe, Zambia. Some of the children carry blood concentrations of lead 10 times World Health Organization limits. Image: Blacksmith Institute.
The main polluting sources are heavy metals such as lead, which has affected 10 million people across the locations! Surveying scientists and environmental bodies across the world for compiling its list, and running clean-up projects in some of the sites, the institute’s director Richard Fuller said,
A particular concern of all these cases is the accumulating and long lasting burden building up in the environment and in the bodies of the people most directly affected.
Pix: Ulcers on this child are probably caused by pollutants
UN agencies’ research suggests that environmental factors can be blamed for about 20% of premature deaths worldwide! According to the report,
There are places where life expectancy approaches medieval rates, where birth defects are the norm not the exception, where children’s asthma rates are measured above 90%, and where mental retardation is endemic.
In countries where life expectancies may be half that of the richest nations, the unfortunates in these areas do not even survive that long or if they do, it is in suffering.
Pix: Dzerzinsk, once a major site of chemical weapons manufacture
Pix courtesy: Blacksmith Institute
Pix via: BBC News