For the past four years, the Blacksmith Institute in New York has reported on the world’s most polluted places. These range from the artisanal gold mines in Cambodia, Senegal and Mozambique, where, during the production process, millions of miners including women and children are exposed to potentially fatal levels of methylmercury, one of the most dangerous neurotoxins known, to the urban air quality of places like Delhi in India and Tianjin in China, which is so toxic that it impairs lung development, with Cairo in Egypt having the worst air pollution in the world.

However, there has been a ...


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