Ten places that shouldn’t celebrate Earth Day

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Hazaribagh: In this slum in Bangladesh, that produces luxury leather goods, inhabitants are exposed to 22,000 cubic litres of cancer-inducing toxic waste each day. Untreated waste water dumped in the city’s main river leads to health issues ranging from acid burns to terminal cancers. Reuters
1/10Hazaribagh: In this slum in Bangladesh, that produces luxury leather goods, inhabitants are exposed to 22,000 cubic litres of cancer-inducing toxic waste each day. Untreated waste water dumped in the city’s main river leads to health issues ranging from acid burns to terminal cancers. Reuters
Agbogbloshie, Ghana: The informal recycling of e-waste, an important source of income for thousands here, requires mass burning of electronic scrap to recover prized metals. It has taken a dreadful toll on health of recyclers and on the environment. WikimediaCommons
2/10Agbogbloshie, Ghana: The informal recycling of e-waste, an important source of income for thousands here, requires mass burning of electronic scrap to recover prized metals. It has taken a dreadful toll on health of recyclers and on the environment. WikimediaCommons
Chernobyl, Ukraine: The deadly nuclear melt-down in the Chernobyl power plant in 1986 released 100 times more radiation than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The 19 mile exclusion zone around the site continues to be one of the most uninhabitable. Reuters
3/10Chernobyl, Ukraine: The deadly nuclear melt-down in the Chernobyl power plant in 1986 released 100 times more radiation than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The 19 mile exclusion zone around the site continues to be one of the most uninhabitable. Reuters
Niger river delta: According to Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross, an average of 240,000 barrels of crude oil are spilled in the Niger delta every year. Oil slick splashes on the water as a boat passes through the Bodo creek in Ogoniland. Reuters
4/10Niger river delta: According to Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross, an average of 240,000 barrels of crude oil are spilled in the Niger delta every year. Oil slick splashes on the water as a boat passes through the Bodo creek in Ogoniland. Reuters
Yamuna river: The river ranks among the top 10 dirtiest rivers of the world, along with the Ganga. With Delhi dumping the most (58%) waste in Yamuna, and almost all efforts to clean it failing, the river is fast turning into a vast sewage.
5/10Yamuna river: The river ranks among the top 10 dirtiest rivers of the world, along with the Ganga. With Delhi dumping the most (58%) waste in Yamuna, and almost all efforts to clean it failing, the river is fast turning into a vast sewage.
Vapi, India: With levels of mercury in groundwater 96 times higher than WHO safety levels, this industrial town in Gujarat topped the most polluted areas in India list by CPCB in 2012. Respiratory diseases, skin & throat cancers, birth defects, & infertility are high here. Reuters
6/10Vapi, India: With levels of mercury in groundwater 96 times higher than WHO safety levels, this industrial town in Gujarat topped the most polluted areas in India list by CPCB in 2012. Respiratory diseases, skin & throat cancers, birth defects, & infertility are high here. Reuters
Citarum river, Indonesia: The biggest river in West Java province, Citarum is the main source for drinking and clean water for people in Jakarta, Purwakarta, and Bandung. Levels of aluminum, manganese and iron concentrations are way higher than permissible limits. AFP
7/10Citarum river, Indonesia: The biggest river in West Java province, Citarum is the main source for drinking and clean water for people in Jakarta, Purwakarta, and Bandung. Levels of aluminum, manganese and iron concentrations are way higher than permissible limits. AFP
Kalimantan, Indonesia: Artisanal small-scale gold Mining has exposed the area to an excess of 1,000 tonnes of mercury a year, poisoning the water supply to some 43,000 locals. Reuters
8/10Kalimantan, Indonesia: Artisanal small-scale gold Mining has exposed the area to an excess of 1,000 tonnes of mercury a year, poisoning the water supply to some 43,000 locals. Reuters
Norilsk, Russia: The world’s northernmost city sees around 1,000 tonnes of copper and nickel oxides, and 2 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide released into the atmosphere annually, with deadly health impact and life expectancy reduced by 10 years. Reuters
9/10Norilsk, Russia: The world’s northernmost city sees around 1,000 tonnes of copper and nickel oxides, and 2 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide released into the atmosphere annually, with deadly health impact and life expectancy reduced by 10 years. Reuters
Matanza Riachuelo, Argentina: Toxic waste from some 15,000 industries is released in the delta of Matanza-Riachuelo river. Of the approximately 20,000 people living along its banks, 6 percent live in territory deemed unsuitable for human habitation. Reuters
10/10Matanza Riachuelo, Argentina: Toxic waste from some 15,000 industries is released in the delta of Matanza-Riachuelo river. Of the approximately 20,000 people living along its banks, 6 percent live in territory deemed unsuitable for human habitation. Reuters
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