I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the pictures. Suddenly the words dirt, garbage, stink and toxic took on a completely new dimension for me, not to mention a new meaning.
The 14 most toxic places to live on planet earth. The pictures are not mine to share here. You have to take a look yourself.
Although the pictures are shocking, the names of the places are not ( well, save one or two). Sorry to be so frank about this but toxic places in highly populated yet underregulated countries like China, India, Haiti, and Russia are not that surprising. That Argentina has one of these toxic places is surprising enough but to have also one in the US right smack in the middle of the Appalachian mountains is downright shocking. Here is the list of the most toxic places to live on planet earth (source: Mother Nature Network):
- Citarum River, Indonesia
- Chernobyl, Ukraine
- Linfen, China
- The North Pacific Gyre
- Rondônia, Brazil
- Yamuna River, India
- La Oroya, Peru
- Lake Karachay, Russia
- Kabwe, Zambia
- Appalachia, West Virginia, USA
- Dzerzhinsk, Russia
- Riachuelo Basin, Argentina
- Vapi, India
Number 15: Earth’s Orbit
Considering the recent world events, it is not inconceivable that new places will be added to or take over the list very soon.
The eruption of Eyjafjallajokull (sorry, I will never learn to pronounce or spell this) in Iceland has created a toxic environment of particle-filled air. The long-term consequences on the human health and other life forms still have to be assessed. At least Eyjafjallajokull is quiet for the moment.
The oil catastrophe on the Gulf of Mexico is creating other toxic environments on American and Mexican shores. We’ve been thinking of visiting Florida. We hope we still can. Isn’t it ironic that we are scared of running out of fossil fuels in 20 or 30 years, yet millions of liters oil are being wasted and spilled each day, turning seas, oceans and coastlines into black, gooey wastelands. If nothing is done to stop the oil spill, it could be that all coastlines all over the globe will be too toxic for us to live. Am I lucky to live in Switzerland!