Not happy with where you live? Do you mind noise, dust and neighbors? Then know that you can also live in a pile of garbage, in tunnels from electronic waste or in radioactive rubble.
The second largest dismantling plant in the world is located in Accra, the capital of West African Ghana. Children from local slums cheerfully hop across rainbow pools, penetrate heaps of electronics and hide in clouds of black smoke. A place called Agbogbloshie might sound like a place for your child to go on at least a week off, but another would definitely return. Only the amount of lead measured in the local soil exceeds the permitted limits forty-five times. Due to the heterogeneous composition of electronics, their safe recycling requires a high level of skill. And it is not taught here in the basics.
Although the area around the exploded reactor at the Soviet Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine was expected to be uninhabitable for centuries, the animals disagree. Herds of bison, Převalský’s horses, foxes, bears and wolves began to return here in large numbers. In addition, about 600 old settlers live permanently in the outer zone, some of whom returned just a year after the accident. They do not complain about their lives, because they receive financial benefits from the government. Twice a week, a bus transports basic food from outside the zone.
About 9 million people live in the conurbation around the Citarum River on the Indonesian island of Java. More than 2,000 factories, which produce shoes and clothing for the Western world, provide them with plenty of work, but not so safe food. It discharges such amounts of aluminum, manganese and mercury into rivers that eating local rice is practically equal to poisoning. The concentration of lead in water sources locally reaches a thousand times the permitted limits. The river, which is without exaggeration described as “the most polluted river in the world”, provides 80% of the water supply in all of Jakarta and irrigates farms, which cover 5% of rice production in the country.
The city of Dzerzhinsk earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records in 2007 as the most polluted place in the world. An analysis of the local water was enough and we can only congratulate. During Russia’s peak chemical weapons production between 1930 and 1998, about 300,000 tons of chemical waste were dumped there. Since then, 190 different chemicals have been released into the city’s groundwater, including dioxins and phenol, which are thousands of times higher than tolerable levels.
The destruction of the once picturesque part of Oklahoma is due to the mining of lead, from which bullets were made. Thanks to him, the town of Picher has become the most dangerous and toxic place in the entire United States and one of the most toxic in the world. Although the Oklahoma government would like to erase the site, the ghost town is still inhabited by people who refuse to leave their homes.
Hazaribagh in Bangladesh has rightly earned the nickname City of Death. There are 270 large-capacity tanneries and dyeing workshops, from which craftsmen pour 22 liters of toxic solutions into the local East River every day. The river thus has the highest concentration of hexavalent chromium in the world. It causes cancer, nausea, rashes and other health problems.
If Kalimantan was once referred to as the pearl of Borneo and a tropical paradise, it is now one of the most toxic places on the planet. Gold mining, which focuses mainly on small surface mines by the water, caused the green paradise to turn into a red hell like a wand. Mercury kills as many people here every year as in the whole Eurasian region combined. And that’s a score worthy of increased attention!
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