The Top Ten Worst Pollution Problems Worldwide 2011

The Blacksmith Institute, a US-based environmental organization, and Green Cross Switzerland are presenting a 2011 top ten list of the world’s worst pollution problems.

 

The 2011 Environmental Report focuses on sites with a clear, fixed source of toxic pollution that can be targeted for remediation efforts. Its focus is specifically on pollutants considered “toxic” by the Blacksmith Institute Technical Advisory Board. This scope excludes pollution problems where the source is unclear or distributed – such as automobile emissions, general urban air pollution, non-point source water pollution from urban storm runoff, general household or commercial waste disposal, and oil or chemical spills from transport and distribution activities.

 

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Pollution Report 2011 (2.8 MB PDF)

 

Photos of the top ten worst pollution problems worldwide 2011 can be downloaded at:

http://www.worstpolluted.org/gallery_images/report

Environmental Reports

 

Since 2007, the yearly environmental toxin reports published by Green Cross Switzerland and the Blacksmith Institute have been instrumental in increasing public understanding of the health impacts of toxic pollutants and their sources.

 

The Environmental Toxin Report 2012 describes known environmental toxins and points to their industrial applications and most frequent health effects. In addition, the Report identifies the ten most important sources of environmental toxins and quantifies, for the first time, the global scale of health damage due to toxic substances. It also shows that the health impacts of industrial pollutants measured are roughly equal to those of the three major global infectious diseases AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

 

The Environmental Toxin Report 2011 is based on the estimated number of people affected by the sources of pollution, as well as the number of locations, identified worldwide, where environmental toxins occur in concentrations that are detrimental to health. Reports on the ten most dangerous sources of environmental toxins and the worst pollution problems were issued in the years 2008 and 2010. The environmental report published in 2009 contains case studies concerning successful remediation projects.

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