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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Top Ten Most Polluted Places in the World, 2012

Top Ten Most Polluted Places in the World, 2012

This Top Ten list was compiled by the Technical Advisory Board of the Blacksmith Institute, an environmental NGO based in New York. The criteria used in ranking include the size of the affected population, the severity of the toxins involved, and reliable evidence of health problems associated with the pollution.

Source: the Blacksmith Institute, 2012. Web: http://www.worstpolluted.org/ .

CountryProblemMain Pollutant ExposurePathway
Linfen, ChinaAir PollutionCoal dust, fly ash, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and arsenicInhalation
Bhopal, IndiaIndustrial ChemicalsIsocyanate gas, pesticide productionIngestion of contaminated groundwater
Central Kalimantan province, IndonesiaArtisanal Gold MiningMercuryInhalation of airborne vapors
Kasargod, IndiaPesticideEndosulfanInhalation, ingestion
Dzerhinsk, RussiaChemical weapons manufactureChemical wasteIngestion of contaminated groundwater
Sumgayit, AzerbaijanIndustrial and Agricultural Chemical ProductionOrganic chemicalsInhalation of airborne vapors
Tianying, ChinaContaminated Surface WaterLeadInhalation, ingestion
Sukinda, IndiaMetals Processing and MiningHexavalent chromiumInhalation, ingestion
Chernobyl, UkraineRadiationRadioactive wasteIngestion
Arctic CanadaOrganic chemical accumulationPersistent organic pollutants (POPs)Ingestion
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