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Polluted CitiesThere are numerous ways to categorize air pollution. It may be caused by radioactive, chemical or the simple presence of poorly wasted products. Meanwhile, for some places such as Mexico City, they have a very visible problem with their own heavy and damageable smog. Then there is this peaceful looking Lake Karachay located in Russia, wherein a person could possibly die just by staying on its bank for an hour because of severe radioactive impurity. So in conclusion, whether the air pollution is evident or not, tourists must always remember these most polluted cities in the world and make sure to avoid them the next time they plan their destinations.

Most Polluted Cities In the World

2Ahvaz, Iran

Conforming to the study made by WHO or World Health Organization, Ahvaz Iran is presently one of the most polluted cities in the world, which is their major problem now that is getting worst because of its consistent occurrence of dust storms.

The dust storms blast pollution in from some of the neighboring countries such as Turkey, dealing Ahvazi locals to lungful of toxic air. When you are in the city and you experience that choking air dust, you may feel dust entering your lungs as you inhale.

North Pacific Gyre

People may have heard the scary stories concerning a dump site with the size twice as Texas freely floating out the Pacific Ocean. While these stories may be somewhat exaggerated, there is absolutely something recognized as the Pacific Trash Vortex. This vortex located in the middle of the Pacific is a huge area in the Northern part of the Pacific that contains high levels of plastics, chemical sludge and microscopic toxins. Because of the whirling currents in the Pacific (famously known as gyres in oceanography) the huge amount of trash have been trapped in the Pacific region which makes the nearby cities the most polluted cities in the world. In contrary to famous myths, the known Pacific Trash Vortex cannot be viewed from space or even from other boats nearby. However, it still does not change the reality that this vortex of trash is severely detrimental to the marine life.

Linfen, China

In Linfen China, people said that if you ever hang your clothes outside to dry, the cloth will turn into black even before it gets dry. However, though Linfen is considered as one of the most polluted cities in the world, recently it has been doing small improvements in solving their problem.

China’s fast urbanization and industrialization, which begins in the 1990s, it led them to add demand for energy that causes an extreme increase in the coal prices. This caused to a fast expansion of relatively regulated mines. Heavy industry and mining that enhanced around China caused extreme environmental damages to the area.

3Chernobyl, Ukraine

The city has been known to have the worst nuclear site in world history. It was reported that right after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, almost 14,000 of the town’s residents went away from the devastated city. At present, the city remained the most polluted cities in the world for most part of the city is inhabited because of fallout and radiation.

Lake Karachay, Russia

The Lake of Karachay in Russia has been utilized as a dumping area for nuclear used by the Soviet Union. The lake has many times been asserted as the most polluted cities in the world. As a matter of fact, it has been discovered that it can be lethal to a person for exposing to its shore even for just one hour.

Yamuna River, India

Known as the largest dependent of the Ganges, professional scientists assessed that approximately 60% of the dumped waste from Delhi were thrown into the river. This does not substitute the fact that all of the locals nearby depend on the river for bathing and for water needs as well.

Tianying, China

Depending for almost half of China’s production of items with lead, Tianying China is the hometown for some bad cases of lead poisoning all around the world, which makes it the most polluted cities in the world.

Sumgayit, Azerbaijan

4As the consequence of obsolete regulations, the more than 40 industrial complications in the region have influenced to make an extremely toxic environment that may lead to several health disorders for locals and residents alike that made it to the list of most polluted cities in the world.

Vapi, India

Located at the border of an industrial complication that expands for many miles upriver, the content of mercury in Vapi’s water supply has reached 96 times more than the normal and safe level of potable water.

Dzerzhinsk, Russia

It is identified as the world’s most polluted cities in the world with chemicals by the Guinness Book of World Records. In the current years, its death toll has devastated its birth toll by more than 250%. The city has also the lowest growth expectancies in the whole world.

So what may have caused this chemical mayhem? The soils of the city are polluted, the river has full of harmful chemicals, and, in other words, the whole area is polluted. It is approximated that almost 190 named chemicals inside Dzerzhinsk’s history may have been discharged into its groundwater. Its water samples result in very high levels of phenol and dioxins, which is thousands of time more than required levels.

Most Polluted Cities In The U.S.

Pollution has decreased in the U.S., with air status of exhibiting improvement in all listed cities in the American Lung Association’s yearly report. Is it time to rejoice? Not quite. Reports from studies made by scientists say that still 60 million Americans live in places with poor spikes in levels of pollution. Air pollution is related to heart attack, stroke, asthma, cancer and all air-related health disorders.

The United States has now become a melting pot of particle, ozone, and pollution. Every day, all people produce a harmful mixture of contaminants that are gradually but definitely ruining the environment.

The American Lung Association creates a report every year called State of the Air, which analyzes the most polluted cities in the US. Major cities such as Texas and California mainly govern the list, credits to their sizes, with usual offenders like Houston, Dallas, and Los Angeles. As a matter of fact, the same cities stayed on the first three spots for the most polluted cities in the US.

Los Angeles – Long Beach California

Long Beach California is considered to be one of the most polluted cities in the US. Almost all of the cities are in concurrence to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The existing westerly – west – south – westerly winds transport a huge portion of the ports’ air pollution straight to the Long Beach before discharging it northward and eastward. Excessive pollution begins at the twin ports, which involve the pollution from ships themselves that meltdown high soot, high sulfur producing fuel to retain electrical powers to the ships while docked. In addition to the pollution from heavy diesel that comes from trucks at the ports and trailer trucks that ferry all the cargo from ports to mainland rail yards, shipping centers, and warehouses. While the total pollution in Los Angeles has decreased in the past decade, its air pollution levels stay dangerous in most Long Beach area because of the port pollution, which is caused by the diesel exhausted from trains, trucks and ships.

Visalia – Porterville – Hanford, California

Due to geography, excessive dependence on automobiles, Visalia is now suffering from excessive air pollution in the form of other particulates and smog, which is the reason why they are included in the list of most polluted cities in the US. The Visalia area, together with San Joaquin Valley, are exposed to atmospheric transposition, which is caused by the exhausts from airplanes, road vehicles, manufacturing, locomotives and other related sources. Not like other cities, they depend on rain to clean smog. Visalia experiences only 280.16 mm of rain every year, which causes air pollution to pile up over many days. Particulate and air pollution may also be high during winter season caused by the constant low-level conversion and with the longer dry season. The same small level of conversions may cause a high level of pollutions during winter because of constant occurrence of dense fog or Tule Fog.

Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas

Texas cities were recently rated among the most polluted cities in the US. The study concentrated on particle and ozone, famously known as smog, pollution. High levels of ozone aggravate conditions like lung disease, heart disease, and asthma. Dallas – Fort Worth is presently no. 7 on the most polluted cities in the US, which makes Houston number 6. The main causes of high levels of pollution are too much heat and drought. The ozone absorbs all the emissions coming from smokestacks and tailpipes and cooks it, which causes the heat to enter the area where ozone layers have become thin.

5 Comments

  • Loraine  says:

    Frankly speaking, these cities in the list are not famous for their travelling attractiveness, so I have very few chances to go there. But in any case, it is good to know where it is better not to go. There is nothing to do in the most polluted cities in the world (unless it’s work).

  • Jeannette  says:

    Yeah, Long Beach sucks, because it is one of the most polluted cities in the US. I can’t imagine how people can breathe there. It is very very very dangerous. I would never moved there to live even if I was offered free apartment. My health has no price.

  • Laurie  says:

    Hmm… pretty useful information… I didn’t know that these cities are that polluted. I even started thinking of moving somewhere else, I don’t want my children to live near one of these.

  • Lucy  says:

    For me it is really difficult to realize, that we people do all this harm to nature where we all live….. It is very irresponsible… I can’t see any decent reason why people change beautiful cities into a dumb.

  • Carol  says:

    I am surprised to learn what is the most polluted city in the US…. Well, maybe it’s because I live on the other seaside, but still it was kind of new knowledge for me..
    Well, now since we all know that, what shall we do! To move to different place, or maybe to do something about this problem…. It is not enough just to state the fact, pretty unpleasant fact…