Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland have released the 2013 report of the world’s polluted places: the result of 2,000 risk assessments at contaminated sites in 49 countries. The horrible top ten list covers a wide range of polluted places: from industrial plants and mining facilities, through industrial estates and SME clusters, to areas of polluted air and water, and some major industrial disasters.
The criteria used to evaluate the sites included the size of the population affected, the potency of the toxicants involved and clearly established pathways and impacts. Richard Fuller, founder and president of the nonprofit Blacksmith Institute, believes that pollution is still one of the most serious problems the earth faces and he believes that the best approach to solving these problems and save lives at risk is a strong determination. “The problem is really much larger than these 10 sites”.
- Agbogbloshie Dumpsite, Accra, Ghana
Everybody wants a laptop these days and Agbogbloshie Dumpsite, ranked first, is the second largest e-waste processing area in West Africa.The volume of imports is around 215,000 tons of secondhand consumer electronics from abroad, primarily from Western Europe and with 129,000 tons of e-waste every year with many ecological problems for the high lead levels in soil and 40,000 people at risk because of the metals that migrate through particulate in the smoke and in the air.