The Blacksmith Institute has created a list and interactive map of the Top-10 worlds worst polluted places.
The list was compiled with the help of a technical advisory board including experts from John Hopkins, Hunter College and Harvard University. The Top-10 were selected from more then 300 potential sites by evaluating where human health is most at risk and where children’s lives are especially threatened.
The report available also for download from the Blacksmith Institute also notes that …most of the worst places are not generally known, even in their countries…
In difference to general assumptions, except one site (Doe Run Corp in La Oroya), none have involvement from major multinational companies. Instead, the worst pollution is from a range of sources:
- Old companies now long defunct and untraceable
- Government companies and activities, especially cold war activities
- Local or regional businesses, not international ones.
- Clusters of small artisanal activities
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