All That Glitters Is Not Gold: Have A Look On the Toxic Sites Of World’s Most Developed Countries

You can be called a World's Developed Nation but what is the benefit your nation if its people are not enjoying a healthy life.


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Its been more than 100 years that humanity is serving world with its astonishing, amazing and advance innovations at an overwhelming pace. And these advances in science and technology have certainly made our lives easy and more exciting, but the trail of waste we have left (and still continue to leave) behind is mere awful. Pollutants of every form – nuclear, chemical, basic garbage, electronic waste – have extremely ruined our environment. Many locations have been so radically impacted that living in them is a near impossibility. Chernobyl, Ukraine is a great illustration, the town witnessed the worst nuclear power plant tragedy in human history and since then has been an uninhabitable ghost town. Even though this list doesn’t feature any locations in the United States, they do exist. There are a number of sites that have been announced extremely toxic such as New York, Love Canal, Tar Creek, Gowanus Canal (New York) and Oklahoma. A current case for alarm is a practice called Hydraulic Fracturing, or Fracking, which is a picture-perfect example of modern day techniques that have been connected to pollution of water and air. Mountain-Top Exclusion is another contentious practice that is known to tarnish local water and wildlife.

Reveal the most developed countries’ polluted side

Here is the video

Some Other Toxic Sites

Ten such places have been mentioned in the video, here are some other toxic sites in the world that deserve an (dis)honorable mention.

Lake Karachay, Russia

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The amount of radiation from nuclear waste dumping is so strong that a person can get a lethal dose within an hour of being in the area. Cancer is a huge issue amongst the workers in the nuclear facility. There are many cases of childbirth defects and leukemia in the surrounding area. There is also a concern regarding the spread of radioactivity in distant areas air and river water.

Rondonia, Brazil

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This is the most deforested region of the Amazon Rain-forest. Trees in thousands upon thousands of acres of area have been slashed and burned down. The once green area has now been replaced with cattle.

Linfen, China

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Los Angeles smog would be considered a ‘good day’ compared to the air pollution in Linfen and it’s considered the “most polluted city in the world.” The reason behind the pollution is credited to industrial manufacturing and automobile pollution. The air here is apparently so bad that leaving your clothes out to air dry can turn them black!

La Oroya, Peru

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The lead smelter in this town, run by a North American company Doe Run, is responsible for the huge amounts of lead that has polluted the city. About all children living in the neighborhood have been tested and there has been lead found in their bloodstream, at very unacceptable levels.

The Great Pacific Garage Patch

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Mainly consisting of plastic waste, an island over two times the size of Texas and over thirty feet deep floats in the Pacific Ocean.

Yamuna River

YAMUNA RIVER

Although serious attempts have been made by the government to clean it up, the Yamuna River in India continues to be tarnished by waste. The city of New Dehli alone contributes about 3,296 MLD of sewage per day. An amount too much for the underfunded treatment facilities to handle.

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Ramsha Khan

Ramsha is a freelance writer, lives in Lahore, Pakistan.

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