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The Blacksmith Institute

Founded in 1999, Blacksmith Institute is a non-profit organization committed to mitigating the human health effects of industrial wastes, air emissions and hazardous materials in the developing world.

The world’s worst polluted places : the top ten

> A project of The Blacksmith Institute, october 2006, 59 p., pdf (...)

After decades of effort and attention, industrial pollution is now only an occasional worry for most of the developed world. Although there are a few remaining threats, pollution is generally regarded as a problem that is carefully regulated, managed and watched over by many.
This is not the case in the poorest countries. There, pollution continues to be a major source of death, illness and long-term environmental damage. Across the developing world, pollution kills thousands of people indiscriminately, shortens lives, damages children’s development and growth, and creates a background of chronic illnesses that makes strong economic development nearly impossible.
Despite the emotional and incomparable suffering of poor communities world wide, this report attempts to objectively expose sites that have the most extreme effects on human health. Despite isolation of the sites and complacency of those responsible, this list recognizes that the challenges of pollution are far from resolved for millions in the developing world.
This report is also intended to indicate that there are potential remedies for these sites. Problems like these have been solved in the developed world, and we have the capacity and the technology to spread our experience to our afflicted neighbors. This report’s purpose is to highlight significant problem sites, and show that something can be done to begin to fix them. A discussion of solutions is presented later in the report.  read

date of on-line publication : 2 November 2006

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