In October 2013 the World Health Organisation published a report which linked air pollution to lung cancer. Obviously this is an extreme case of public areas causing personal illnesses, but Accidents in public, be they slips, trips and falls, or the inhalation of damaging fuels in polluted cities, are a serious concern for citizens all over the world.
Of course, some polluted cities are worst than others and the following five have a lot of work to do to improve the health and safety of the local population. These are the five most polluted cities in the world.
Approximately 215,000 tonnes of consumer electronics litter this area, creating a dangerous and aesthetically unpleasant eyesore. The machines are rendered useless due to the thousands of people burning the cables in order to recover the valuable copper inside.
This practice is risky both in terms of accidents at work, and the health of the public, and plans are afoot to upgrade the hand wire-stripping tools introduced in 2010 to ease the process.
Given the scale of the tragedy that struck in this part of Eastern Europe in 1986, it’s of little surprise that Chernobyl still has a prominent place on this list.
The concrete casing originally tasked with containing the remaining fuel and absorb what’s left of the radiation was meant to be in place for a maximum of 30 years.
However, development of the new structure has hit numerous obstacles and is unlikely to be in place before 2016, pushing the original to it’s very limit and posing a real threat to public health.
Still in Eastern Europe and a city whose dangerous water supply saw it named the most polluted city in the world by the Guinness Book of Records in 2007 – the result of around 300,000 tonnes of chemical wastes being improperly stored during the chemical weapons manufacturing years.
250 processing plants all crammed together and spilling out toxic chemicals make workplace illnesses an all-too-common occurrence.
Exposure to lead has caused all manner of public illnesses and work health complications, as people continue to play and work in the now closed mines.
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Date Published: January 9, 2014
Author: David Brown