The Most Poluted Places

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    9 Of The Most Polluted Places In The World (PHOTOS)

    1. Linfen, China

    Linfen, China is the most polluted city on earth. According to Mother Nature Network, if one puts laundry out to dry, it will turn black before finishing drying. Located in China's coal belt, spending one day in Linfen is equivalent to smoking three packs of cigarettes. 3 million people are affected by Linfen's coal and particulates pollution, which is residue from automobile and industrial emissions.

    2. Los Angeles, United States

    According to the American Lung Association, Los Angeles is the city with the most polluted ozone. The average ozone level in Los Angeles is 138.8 and the average particulates level is 16.8. The California Air Resources Board states that 18,000 deaths a year are "premature deaths" caused by air pollution.

    3. Niger Delta, Nigeria

    With more than 6,800 oil spills, which amounts to 300 spills a year, roughly one spill a day, and 9 to 13 million barrels of oil spilled over 50 years, the Niger Delta remains one of the most oil-polluted locations on the planet. The nine to thirteen million barrels of oil have been spilled into the third largest wetland on the planet. Due to continuously ruptured pipelines and the presence of oil contaminates, the Delta's mangroves, rivers, and wildlife are perpetually damaged. The United States imports eight percent of its oil from Nigeria, which is almost half of the country's oil spill production. Nigeria is the fifth largest supplier of oil to the United States. Shell has stated that 90% of spills are caused by militant thieves who access the pipelines to steal oil. Watch CNN's coverage of the oil polluted Niger Delta.

    4. London, United Kingdom

    Greater London has experienced some of the worst air pollution worldwide as a result of car, factory, agriculture and house pollution. The life expectancy of Britons has been reduced by nine years due to air pollution. Britain is considered to be Europe's greatest releaser of nitrogen oxides, exposing 1.5 million people to unsafe quantities of the pollution. According to a report from Parliament, 50,000 people die prematurely each year due to man-made air pollution.

    5. Dzerzhinsk, Russia

    Between 1930 and 1998, Dzerzhinsk was the dumping site for 300,000 tons of improperly disposed of chemical waste. 300,000 people are affected by the city's chemical and toxic byproduct pollution, such as sarin and VX gas. The pollution is a result of Cold War-era manufacturing of chemical weapons. According to Mother Nature Network, in 2003, the city’s death rate surpassed its birth rate by 260 percent.

    6. Phoenix, United States

    The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area is 2010's worst place in the United States for year round particle pollution, a mix of dust, soot and aerosols. The Arizona region experiences year-round particle pollution at all hours of the day.

    7. Bandung, Indonesia

    Citarum, Indonesia hosts the most polluted river on the planet, the Citarum River. With nearly 5 million residents living near the river, Citarum is a main water source.

    8. La Oroya, Peru

    Missouri metal mining and smelting company, Doe Run Peru has contaminated La Oroya, Peru. Over 35,000 of La Oroya residents have been affected by lead, zinc, copper and sulfur dioxide pollution from the company's metal mining and processing. According to Time, 99 percent of the mining town's children have blood levels that surpass suitable limits of exposure.
    Since 1922, the town in Peru's Andes Mountains has been polluted by mining missions.

    9. Lake Karachay, Russia

    Russia's Lake Karachay region is considered to be the most polluted location on Planet Earth. This Russian nuclear weapon production site turned Soviet Union nuclear dumping location has 120 million curies of radioactivity. This radiation level is equivalent to a lethal dose after merely an hour of exposure. According to the NRDC, it is also equal to dumping all of the waste tanks at Washington's Hanford Reservation into a 30-acre lake. In true environmental crime fashion, the radiation has infiltrated the region's groundwater supply.
     
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    #2 mikewint, Aug 31, 2010
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    Excellent and what a total tragedy.
    I recently read several articles about #9. it is a geologically unstable area with cracks under the lakes basin. there is a significant possibility of a large crack developing that would allow all that water to drain into a large aquifer and spread the radioactivity throughout europe
    Would Prypiat, Ukraine come in as #10? i understand that the concrete sarcophagus is falling apart and full of holes
     
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    Phoenix kinda surprised me. No particular reason, but I woulda thought Chicago or Pittsburgh or NYC or such.
     
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    diddy, i live near chicago, it's the windy city. we blow all our cr*p to phoenix
     
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    Wow, some of those surprised me!
     
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    Good thing I live near none of these places....
     
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    But seriously Phoenix surprised me too.
     
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    Me too...
     
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    #9 mikewint, Sep 1, 2010
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    OK, if i have to be serious: Phoenix sits in a valley, much like LA. at night an inversion layer develops over the valley forming, in effect, a cap. particulates and nitrogen oxides all from burning fossil fuels are trapped under this "cap" and combine to form Phoenix's infamous Brown Cloud. the huge growth in the area plus all the visitors simply add to the problem. So much like LA, you can see what you are breathing
     
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    And that is why Pheonix/Sedona area has some of the most beautifully red sunsets in the world. Pollution particulates.
     
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    Left off the list, my upstais bathroom after beer and White Castle
     
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    :) Vick, you shoud talk to my dad. He's pretty good at clearing a floor in the morning, especially after his second or third cup of coffee.

    Well, London makes sense. I remember going there in 2005. When we went back to the hotel, I swear that when I blew my nose, black soot came out of it.
     
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    you should have seen london in the late '60s when many people still used coal for heat
     
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    I dont know when the data for this was collected but London is nothing like it used to be, the famous smogs which killed by the thousand are a thing of history, most powersatations are art galleries now and the car industry closed years ago.

    When I worked in China they closed a lot of industry for a week for the olympics....its the only time I saw a blue sky in a year
     
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    Tail end, can't speak with first hand knowledge but in june 2010 the EU announced that london had just had its 36th "bad air" day. Mostly particulate matter and nitrogen oxides coming from auto traffic. The EU has a set a limit of 35 "bad air days" per year. london has exceeded this limit since its inception in 2005. According to the EU fines are going to be imposed
     
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    All such pollution events are a function of the weather, it is really a measure of how many days with no wind there were, within Europe Milan and Athens have a much worse problem Milan is in a bowl and the air stands still for days. For REAL London pollution read below and London historically wasnt the worst. The Birmingham area is known as the black country because it was black with smoke.

    The Great Smog of '52 or Big Smoke[1] was a severe air pollution event that affected London in December 1952. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne pollutants mostly from the use of coal to form a thick layer of smog over the city. It lasted from Friday 5 to Tuesday, 9 December, 1952, and then quickly dispersed after a change in the weather.

    Although it caused major disruption due to the effect on visibility, and even penetrated indoor areas, it was not thought to be a significant event at the time, with London having experienced many smog events in the past, so called "pea soupers". In the following weeks however, medical reports estimated that 4,000 had died prematurely and 100,000 more were made ill because of the smog's effects on the human respiratory tract. More recent research suggests that the number of fatalities was considerably higher at around 12,000.[2]

    It is considered the worst air pollution event in the history of the United Kingdom,[3] and the most significant in terms of its impact on environmental research, government regulation, and public awareness of the relationship between air quality and health.[2] It led to several changes in practices and regulations, including the Clean Air Act 1956
     
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    I have been to London several times, including just last year. The pollution is still terrible. I have had problems with sinus and coughing every time I go there. I am not going to say it is as bad as back in the day, but it is still terrible.

    Still love the city though, I will be flying back to London for a weekend in October to see a NFL game there.
     
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    i was alive in '52 and well remember the news reports that followed. we spent several days in london in '69 and i remember a fine coating of soot on everything. i also recall a number of londoners saying that it got much worse in the winter when all the coal heaters fired up. you can look at any of the cities on the chart and the same can be said for all of them. a good wind and it becomes the problem of the guy downwind. when i said that chicago was the windy city and we blew our cr*p to phoenix i was being half facetious. its probably the only factor that has kept us off that list.
    given the right weather conditions Phoenix and LA are also off the list
     
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    dont visit Milan of a still day then, I could still smell exhaust fumes in the hotel bar it was like being in a garage when I was there. I think all major cities are pretty much the same
     
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    TEC, perhaps we need to add a term here: ON AVERAGE. how many "bad" vs "good" days. however i could not agree more. in spite of all the wonderful things cities can have they are all pretty much the same dirty, smelly, and rude places. i spent two days in paris and could not wait to leave, but now the south of france..... anytime
     
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