There are 7.7 billion people living on earth, and out of this number, millions are striving to survive in the planet’s most toxic places. Sadly, we caused the pollution that makes these places nearly uninhabitable. We built tens of thousands of power plants and factories and manufactured countless vehicles that emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and other harmful particles. We burn coal and fossil fuels, unleashing large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Our abuse of fossil fuels and non-renewable resources has hurt our planet and exposed us to harmful elements and noxious gases.
Pollution is the cause of roughly seven million premature deaths every year, resulting from chronic diseases, cancers, and acute respiratory infections. The most dangerous pollutants, like cadmium, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide, are produced as byproducts of copper extraction and the burning of fossil fuels. Lead, mercury, radium, radionuclides, and pesticides affect millions of people, cutting lives short by decades.
Emerging nations with fossil fuel and nuclear powerplants generate many environmental problems such as exploitation of natural resources, air emissions, and thermal releases. There is a high mortality rate in developing countries where overpopulation, raw fuel production, unregulated mining, and industrial waste disposal contaminate the environment and lead to adverse effects on health.
Here are some of the planet’s most toxic places, rendered nearly uninhabitable by man-made pollution: