The 25 Most Polluted Places On Earth

There are many ways you can classify pollution. It can be chemical, radioactive, or simply the presence of improperly disposed waste products. While some places, like Mexico City, have a very obvious problem with their heavy smog, do not be misled. The much more serene looking Lake Karachay in Russia would have you dead within an hour of sitting on its banks due to heavy radioactive contamination. So, whether the pollution is visible or not, take note because these are the 25 most polluted places on Earth.

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20

Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan

Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan

As one of the largest dumps of radioactive waste in all of Asia, Mailuu-Suu is not only heavily contaminated but there are a series of unstable uranium tailing pits in the hills surrounding the city. Were these pits were to empty the result would be disastrous.

19

Sukinda, India

Sukinda, India

With upwards of a dozen mines operating in the regions without any significant level of regulation, the this Indian city has been listed as one of the most polluted in the world by the Blacksmith Institute.


18

Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan

Long an oil hub, Azerbaijan’s capital suffers from extensive pollution as a result of shipping and drilling.

17

Rondonia, Brazil

Rondonia, BrazilNational Geographic

Although not polluted in the same sense as some of the other places on this list, Rondonia has been subjected to extensive deforestation in recent years and is now one of the most destroyed regions of the Amazon Rainforest.


16

Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

The fact that it is located in a volcanic crater surrounded by mountains only compounds Mexico City’s already troublesome pollution problem by trapping a thick layer of smog that hover over the city.

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