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Russia heads world's dirt file

FOUR of the world's 10 most polluted places are in Russia and two former Soviet republics, an independent environmental group says in a report.

Encompassing seven countries, the top 10 sites may cause some 12 million people to suffer health problems,the New York-based Blacksmith Institute said.

"These places are sapping the strength of the populations around them, and it's not rocket science to fix them," Richard Fuller, the non-profit group's founder and director told reporters.

He said simple engineering projects could make many of the places safe, but that funds, political will and technical ability were often lacking.

The polluted sites in Russia and the former Soviet republics include Dzerzhinsk, Russia, which until the end of the Cold War was one of the country's major chemical weapons centres, and Chernobyl, Ukraine, where the world's worst nuclear accident occurred in 1986.

China and India each has two sites in the top 10. Linfen is at the heart of China's expanding coal industry, while Tianjin is one of the country's largest lead production bases. In Tianjin, residents, particularly children, suffer lead poisoning symptoms such as learning disabilities, brain damage and kidney malfunction.

The polluted sites are often in remote mountain areas, especially those linked to mining.

REUTERS


http://www.worstpolluted.com


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  • At the current rate of expansion we can expect to see China climb to the top of this terrible list very quickly,I am afraid to say.

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  • This article shows what backward heads its authors have.

    They put Russia and 2 former Soviet republics together.

    Today, THEY ARE INDEPENDENT STATES!!!

    So, there are 2 of these cities in Russia. TWO, NOT FOUR. THE OTHER TWO ARE IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES!!!

    And Russia doesn't head this list - it's China and India who are heading it. SO DON'T PUT IT AS A HEADLINE, RUSSOPHOBE PROPAGANDA MORONS!!

    Moreover, Russian experts stated that the information about the Russian cities is out-dated. More..

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  • Vote!

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