As the largest tributary of the Ganges, scientists estimate that roughly 60% of Delhi’s waste gets dumped into the river. This doesn’t change the fact that almost all of its residents rely on it for water and bathing as well.
Accounting for over half of China’s lead production, this city is home to some of the worst cases of lead poisoning in the world.
As a result of outdated regulations, the 40 or so industrial complexes in the region have managed to created a severely toxic environment that has led to numerous health complications for residents.
Situated at the end of a an extensive line of industrial complexes that stretch for hundreds of miles upriver, the level of mercury in Vati’s water supply is 96 times higher than anything considered safe.
Named the world’s most chemically polluted city by the Guinness Book of World Records, in recent years its death rate has overwhelmed its birth rate by more than 260%. It also has one of the lowest life expectancies in the world at roughly 45 years.
Used for years as nuclear dumping site by the Soviet Union, Lake Karachay has several times been declared the most polluted place on Earth. In fact, it has been said that just 1 hour of exposure here would be lethal.
The site of the worst nuclear accident in history, after the Chernobyl Disaster in 1986 almost all of this town’s 14,000 residents moved away. Today it remains for the most part uninhabited due to radiation and fallout.
It has been said that if you hang your laundry out here, it will be black before it can even dry. Although Linfen was long considered the world’s most polluted city, small improvements have been made in recent years.
You may have heard the horror stories about a trash dump twice the size of Texas floating out in the middle of the Pacific. While these are slightly exaggerated there actually is something out there known as the Pacific Trash Vortex. This is an extensive area in the North Pacific containing high levels of microscopic toxins, plastics, and chemical sludge. As a result of the rotating Pacific currents (known as gyres in oceanography) these have been “trapped” in the region. Contrary to popular myth though, it cannot be seen from space (or even from a boat for that matter) but this doesn’t change the fact that it is extremely damaging to the marine environment.
According to the World Health Organization Ahvaz, Iran is now the most polluted city in the world, a problem that is only made worse by its constant dust storms.