The earth has become not only our home but also home to all of our trash. Until we can find greener ways to live, the problem will only continue to get worse.
Lake Karachay, Russia
Located in the Ural Mountains of Russia, Lake Karachay is one of the most polluted places in the world. Due to the fact that the area became a nuclear dumping ground for the Soviet Union. And thanks to a string of accidents of accidents and disasters, the area is also in neck deep in radioactive waste. The lake was once home to Mayak, one of the most prominent nuclear weapons facilities, which was in the 1940s. The nearby Techa River is also contaminated. And those who live in nearby towns are dealing with frequent sickness and bouts of cancer.
The city of Kabwe, in Zambia, is the second largest city in the country. And is home to the largest smelters on the content. In fact, the smelting has such a huge presence that the city is buried under a coat of lead dust. That has led to numerous health problems as well as problems growing and maintaining crops. The metal is still mined, which causes a consistent amount of lead dust continuously getting released.
Niger River Delta, Nigeria
The Niger River Delta in Nigeria takes up about 70,000 square kilometers of space, and it has become the dumping ground of approximately 240,000 barrels of crude oil each year. With so much oil being dumped into the river, people who depend on the river for food are dealing with fish that are sickly, and their air is being affected when the water turns into gas. Also residents are unable to grow crops because of oily water.
Citarum River Basin, Indonesia
The environmental protection agency was shocked to find that the Citarum River basin’s lead levels were more than a thousand times above the standard level. The river gets toxic waste dumped from both domestic and industrial sources. The city of Jakarta is greatly affected by the toxic waste. And the Asian development bank gave a $500 million donation to clean up the river.
The small town above the Arctic Circle is home to the largest smelting facility in the world and was founded in the 1930s. This has resulted in the air quality being so bad that tree’s wont grow within 18 miles of the city. Residents have about 10 years cut off of the average Russian life expectancy. Death is at an all-time high from respiratory and digestion related illnesses.Publisher: Fadiyah Sameh