These are the Most Toxic Places on Earth

Over the last 100 years or so, humanity has made astounding technological advances at an overwhelming pace. These advances in science and technology may have made our lives easier and more exciting, but the trail of waste we have left (and still continue to leave) behind is simply horrendous. Pollutants of all kinds – chemical, nuclear, basic garbage, electronic waste – have seriously ruined our environment. Many locations have been so drastically impacted that living in them is a near impossibility. Chernobyl, Ukraine is a great example, the town witnessed the worst nuclear power plant accident in human history and since then has been an uninhabitable ghost town.

Although this list doesn’t feature any locations in the United States, they do exist. There are a number of sites that have been declared extremely toxic such as Love Canal, New York, Tar Creek, Oklahoma, and Gowanus Canal, New York. A recent case for alarm is a practice called Hydraulic Fracturing, or Fracking, which is a perfect example of modern day methods that have been linked to pollution of water and air. Mountaintop Removal is another controversial practice that is known to tarnish local water and wildlife.

Along with the ten places mentioned in the video, here are other toxic places in the world that deserve an (dis)honorable mention.

Linfen, China: Los Angeles smog would be considered a ‘good day’ compared to the air pollution in Linfen and it’s considered the “most polluted city in the world.” The reason behind the pollution is credited to industrial manufacturing and automobile pollution. The air here is apparently so bad that leaving your clothes out to air dry can turn them black!

The Great Pacific Garage Patch: Mainly consisting of plastic waste, an island over two times the size of Texas and over thirty feet deep floats in the Pacific Ocean.

Rondonia, Brazil: This is the most deforested region of the Amazon Rainforest. Trees in thousands upon thousands of acres of area have been slashed and burned down. The once green area has now been replaced with cattle.

Yamuna River: Although serious attempts have been made by the government to clean it up, the Yamuna River in India continues to be tarnished by waste. The city of New Dehli alone contributes about 3,296 MLD of sewage per day. An amount too much for the underfunded treatment facilities to handle.

La Oroya, Peru: The lead smelter in this town, run by a North American company Doe Run, is responsible for the huge amounts of lead that has polluted the city. About all children living in the neighborhood have been tested and there has been lead found in their bloodstream, at very unacceptable levels.

Lake Karachay, Russia: The amount of radiation from nuclear waste dumping is so strong that a person can get a lethal dose within an hour of being in the area. Cancer is a huge issue amongst the workers in the nuclear facility. There are many cases of childbirth defects and leukemia in the surrounding area. There is also a concern regarding the spread of radioactivity in distant areas air and river water.

Space: Man has also left a huge trail of pollution in space; over 4 million pounds of space debris and various vacant spacecraft currently orbit the earth. This has raised huge concerns for potential accidents that can cause satellites and communication to fail.



112 Comments

  1. They missed fukashima.

  2. DR Kevin woodgate says:

    If you are going to add to the list, have the decency to use the initial capital and spell the name correctly.
    Fukushima Daiichi was a Level VII INES incident.

    • If you’re going to comment, have the decency to write your name’s personal title properly by not capitalising the second letter in “Dr”. (Not focusing on piddly things might help, too. Geez.)

      • Beautiful! (Or sad? I’m not sure).

        1. Dr. Kevin disapprovingly comments about a capitalization and spelling error in the word Fukushima while making his own capitalization errors in his professional title, and last name.

        2. Dr. Kathy’s comment focuses on Kevin’s trivial mistakes and remarks that “Not focusing on piddly things might help, too. Geez”?

        Silly doctors? Masterfully subtle comedians?
        We’ll never know.

        • ^Hilarious. Thank you Facepalm. You just made reading the comments section more enjoyable than reading this article. 😉

          • Ikr Thalya

          • First; english is not my mother language, portuguese is.
            (So, dont take too serious my writting skills)

            Second; 95% of those who comments this articles lost the real focus.
            (The point is, 10 Most Toxic Place on Hearth and not “How many toxic place are in hearth” or “How are they categorized as the biggest toxic place in hearth”)

            Third; those guys wo published this articles are not stupid.
            (They did what they believe people or even folowers, subscriber need to know, “does not mean they should make a PhD resourch to build up this article”)

            Last but not least;

            They dont forgot any of these places mentioned by novice readers, they put a side.

            This article it was not written to entretain anybody here, this is serious.

            This article was not written to win a prize or even a Pulitzer as mentioned here.

            “Be aware, knowledge its like mirror, it must reflect knowledge anytime, anywhere in any circunstances…”

            Benedito L. B. Canda

    • First; english is not my mother language, portuguese is.
      (So, dont take too serious my writting skills)

      Second; 95% of those who comments this articles lost the real focus.
      (The point is, 10 Most Toxic Place on Hearth and not “How many toxic place are in hearth” or “How are they categorized as the biggest toxic place in hearth”)

      Third; those guys wo published this articles are not stupid.
      (They did what they believe people or even folowers, subscriber need to know, “does not mean they should make a PhD resourch to build up this article”)

      Last but not least;

      They dont forgot any of these places mentioned by novice readers, they put a side.

      This article it was not written to entretain anybody here, this is serious.

      This article was not written to win a prize or even a Pulitzer as mentioned here.

      “Be aware, knowledge its like mirror, it must reflect knowledge anytime, anywhere in any circunstances…

  3. There are a huge business potential. Collect and reuse plastic, most of leaking chemicals can be treated to get at least one symbol out of waste.

  4. Kathy Nakrayko says:

    Use of the term Great Pacific Garbage Patch discredits,the list. There is no doubt large quantities of plastic garbage exist in the ocean but it is diffuse and difficult to measure and is not represented in the manner described in this article. The existence of a single massive floating island of garbage is a media fiction.

    • WRONG! Do some research. Call your local NOAA office.

      • it consists primarily of a small increase in suspended, often microscopic particles in the upper water column.

    • It’s not fiction. It’s very real. Look it up. While you’re at it, research the patch in the Atlantic Ocean. Fukushima added tons of crap to the garbage patch in the Pacific.

    • Jay Da Schwartz says:

      out side the box concept for pacific garbage patch…. lets rope that texas size patch. wrap it up and convert it to a floating foundation and build on it. possible uses disaster relief, refugee settlement, W.H.O., or anything that benefits the entire planet! (without making a damn monatary profit!) WHEN WE ALL BENEFIT. WE ALL PROFIT!

  5. Philippines, they missed (Metro Manila)

  6. This Website Sucks Ballsacks says:

    Lol what about Chernobyl ?

    Whoever wrote this article is stupid.

    Great Pacific GARAGE Patch ? There is a giant floating garage in the Pacific ? How many cars are in it ?

    Excellent journalism…surely this website will be nominated for a Pulitzer.

  7. Dean Whinery says:

    And 1600 Penna. Ave., D.C.

  8. Money Money Money ….

    Nature can do without us … but can we do without her

    A very complicated and slow way for the human Civilization to commit suicide

    • Miss Cellany says:

      Indeed.

      I wish humanity would wake up and realize it before we take out ourselves and almost every other species with us.

  9. Pasig River in the philippines….sad to say Filipinos are paying taxes for the rehbilitation of Pasig River….but the problem here are the corrupt government officials…Pasig River is just one…there are many places in Manila that are very polluted…if Filipinos wont do something…..then, time will come theyll regret

  10. Fort Mac Murray, Alberta? Home to the tar sands mess. Fukushima & Chernobyl should also be on there.

    And yes, “This Website Sucks Ballsacks” there IS a huge floating island of toxic plastics in the middle of the Pacific. The plastic is entering the food stream via filter feeders. The day is coming when we will all have a daily intake allowance for plastic.

  11. They missed fukashima. (thanks)

  12. Interesting that no mention of Fukushima, Japan
    So dangerous that many experts have called for the evacuation of Tokyo.

  13. Gorbals Dave says:

    The Houses of Parliment and Lords.

  14. “Garage” Patch? Please, edit before publishing.

  15. They missed Rotterdam The Netherlands (Europe)

  16. John Bentley says:

    We can wash away our disrespect and greed by letting our hearts leed us to respect and admiration ! Let’s start now with small things at home!

  17. I thought lake Karachay in Russia is the most toxic and the most polluted place on earth… which one of you is telling the truth?

  18. I thought lake Karachay in Russia is the most toxic place on earth. Which one of you tells the truth?

  19. Juan Angel Trigo says:

    Toxins are the reason for cancer, but not what you think, cancer activates to detox, has never caused harm, yet it’s blamed, so work with cancer instead of against, its saving your life, do you understand that joining forces gets the toxins out, killing cancer doesn’t, as soon as toxins are gone, cancer is gone, it’s job is done. Detox.

    • Pekka Väisänen says:

      Juan Angel Trigo,
      I heard some guy called Steve Jobbs belived in something like this too! He died from cancer. Hes cancer might have been cured if he had seeked real medical help sooner.
      Don’t propagate bullshit. Cancer is when bodys own cells start to multipy uncontrolled. Toxins can damage cells making them turn into a cancer cell, but removing the toxins, will not magically remove the cancercells from the body.

  20. Why cant everyone in the world focus on repairing the toxic pollution? We would have to wear speacial suits and gas masks. It would take a five to eight hours a day. Alltogether three to eight years. It would be worth it. Afterwords air and water purifiers. On land, in rives, lakes, and oceans.

  21. Let us not forget about pitcher OK. Actually evacuated for lead contamination. Same with neighboring Treece kansas.

  22. Krishna, I think you meant to say that “Nature can do without us, but we CANNOT do without nature.”

  23. And i always thought that the most toxic place on earth is my room

  24. “Most toxic places on earth”
    Space.
    Seriously..

  25. Nothing really worth mentioning in the top 10 in the United States? I grew up in the small town where the Sinclair waste dump was located. It has been rated one of the top 10 worst toxic waste dumps. They buried extremely toxic barrels right next to the waster treatment plant and across from the high school. This was not cleaned up until the late 80s and was very much a cover up as few people truly knew the true effects it had on our public water system as the barrels were leaking and leaking into the river where hence the water treatment plant sourced their water intake.

  26. Let us not forget about pitcher OK. Actually evacuated for lead contamination. Same with neighboring Treece kansas.
    beauty tips

  27. This Website Sucks Ballsacks sistah says:

    Dang sistah this shit be wickety whack. Aint hatin on nuffin. Aint hatin on my mis spellin. Aint hatin on all yall be trippin. Aint hatin on me be uh gellin. Jist be sayin. All yalls be trippin. Straight up gangstah fa reel.

  28. They also forgot about the B.P. Deep Horizon’s oil (spill just doesn’t fit the discription) dump. One of the spokes- idiots said the oil evaporated, so everyone can relax. (Obviously the relax part wasn’t verbatim). The oil evaporated? Lady, you can’t be serious? If you are, face-palm with a brick!

  29. Yamuna River is just a small portion of filthy India. The author should have included it as a whole.

  30. The most toxic place on earth would have to be wherever I last farted. Currently it is my mother in laws bedroom…

  31. fredy thompson says:

    oh my God! I really know the very spot where the no 1 position is located. 50 metres from this location is a big fresh food market for dwellers of Accra wow. what about the place in Ghana some few miles from Agbogbloshie market to the beach called Lavenda Hill where raw sewage is dumped into the sea but opposite the dump site is a primary school? The suburb is called James Town, the road is Old Winneba Road with numerous beach resorts along the Korle beach stretch. I think we can do better & clean our own environment. Meanwhile, the Mayor of the tcity ie Accra is said to be the best mayor of all Afro-Carrebean with numerous huge add billboads calling himself Lord Mayor blabla bla. please sit up ‘Lord Mayor’

  32. There are a huge business potential. Collect and reuse plastic, most of leaking chemicals can be treated to get at least one symbol out of waste.

  33. China! A place where sick, greedy and toxic people lived!!!

  34. the Godfather says:

    You forgot to mention the mistake on the Lake and the River that caught fire.

    To the others comments, get a freaking life!

  35. The worst man-made mess by far is the Hanford Site in Washington State. Google it and be educated!

  36. G00kbuster says:

    Agree with Bark, stingy cunts they are

  37. Because people are disgusting selfish twats

  38. Space is on Earth?

  39. jon andreas says:

    well, I wonder why all river in Jakarta is not categorized as heavy poluted.

  40. there are plenty of places to include

  41. Neil Marshall says:

    Worst pollution ever is in Africa. European countries pay, often despotic, rulers of some countries to take their nuclear waste for disposal. There it is dumped in a hole in the ground and not even marked or listed anywhere as to its location. Out of site out of mind? France is one of the practitioners of this disposal method!

  42. Don’t forget about Washington Dc. That town is so full of sh**

  43. You forgot La Oroya. Electronic waste dump can never be as deadly as La Oroya.

  44. Politicians are the most toxic. So the site where they gather should be number one on the list

  45. Aren´t any toxic place in the USA? strange…

  46. Life sometimes makes us not be satisfied and I hope you will be satisfied here.

  47. Most toxic places on earth is Iraq & Siria.

  48. Some ….. Had the …. To include fukashima. Pretty sure that place does not exist!
    Always good to know the facts AND how to spell !!!

    • Dear,dont point mistakes. The big mistake is the poluction,and ‘more heads think better’ to solve problemss. My computer is broken and I am using a virtual typing.English is not the mother language of many people here. I agree that an error in writing is not pleasant to see, but write about the writing indicates that you lost the focus of the subject that shows the polluction as the main trouble to be solved.Mr. John Doe ,please, human kind and mistakes have the same father. Nice day, wherever you live.And identify yourself. Intolerances …do we need more stresses?

  49. Wow…I love this topic..

  50. Hahahaha 4ny guyx plx try visiting Nigeria where d polluted rivers u r shoutin is where our pple enjoy swimming with all d debris and d best fishing ground

  51. You forgot São Paulo, Brazil too. Smog, cars impair or pair does not solve.

  52. China-toxicated place, mind and attitudes.Hongkong people most especially when it comes to ill-manner

  53. wow…what a bunch of sensationalistic mankind hating propaganda…there is no island of trash in the middle of the Pacific the size of Texas.

  54. We will soon witness the end of the battle of the Gods on “Dragon Ball Super” and more action is ahead of us. “Dragon Ball Super” Episode 14, 15 and 16 titles are out.

  55. What about Agent Orange still in Vietnam

  56. If you are going to add to the list, have the decency to use the initial capital and spell the name correctly.
    Fukushima Daiichi was a Level VII INES incident.

  57. What ablutor Centralia, Pensilvania?

  58. Why not Use Technology consume garbage/toxic/corrupt/degraded/wasted to generate another useful things..hundred years of problem no one ever attempt to discover how to reverse this this thingy garbage/toxic/corrupt/degraded/wasted resources

  59. jochair thijssen says:

    I need an article on how to clean toxic locations.
    This article scrupulously avoids mentioning any Arab locations. For example the Jordan river and its tributary Zarka are terribly polluted, poisoning people that live near it, children suffer the most.

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  61. Well, toxicity remains subjective to me. …and it may just well be a case of the source of the toxicity or material subject at hand.

  62. They forgot Mayak in Russia

  63. Dont know ’bout other place…..But, Nigeria has several massive abandoned wastelands.The odour….would make you throw up.The site would irritate you.It all boils down to human indifference towards waste disposal.Big things start little.If every home and industry could handle waste an effluents properly, we’ll spend more time n resources discussing other more pressing issues.I pray that we dont kill ourselves by ourselves.

  64. The Nairobi river running in the midst of the capital city, various efforts to rehabilitate it have been undertaken, but it still has dark bluish discoloration… Corruption allows dumping by the industries.

  65. Its Nice, I thought there ll be some places of Southeast Asia… .

  66. Hi. If you scan through the real facts of human life you can surely understand that we won’t last long on this planet. The dinos survived for millions of years because they were totally ecologic and primarily because they were never eternally looking for millions of dollars. During the last miserable five hundred years we have come to believe we are the master of the universe. We won’t even last a million years. It’s either space colonization or bust !

  67. In Ukraine there is living animals and some people now. So I don’t know have you really think about it. Nobody knows how bad is effect but town is ghost, near by isint.

  68. How about the spoken word..? Lies..deceit..scams ,religions, ism,s

  69. stupid. if cattle are replacing forest it cant be too toxic. just deforested.

  70. good enough

  71. Space is not on Earth. Seriously, who writes these?

  72. imagine how mere textz could almost
    deafen humans. You guys have been commenting what we call ‘jara’ in Nigeria.
    Come to Aba market in Abia state, i will say that if u leave that place after a visit for 2 days, and yet remained at least half as healthy as you came, then i’d advice you share your blood amongst your loved ones, because you never can tell, may be you are immortal… Emmy, and not forgeting, i’d like to make some friends from Philipines. My gmail still remains: Ogborwojieze@gmail.com

  73. jungheatu maria says:

    minunat

  74. Muhammad Ejaz says:

    Message
    i saw halow moon 14.6.016

  75. Ernesto Lionel Calles says:

    THIS IS DISGUSTING WHAT WE’RE LEAVING FUTURE GENERATIONS! The greed &”Dog Eat Dog” attitude, that doesn’t care what we do to others. Our own children to be worse Materialists than ourselves. The lead smelting North American company, “Doe Run”, in Peru, poisoning ALL the local children? OBSCENE CHILD ABUSE! PLASTIC ISLAND TWICE THE SIZE OF TEXAS IN THE OCEAN? INSANE! A “Industries Cleanup Fund” should exist, WITH countries, companies & shipping identified with the cause of the various pollutions should pay into it. Be Draconion.

  76. They forgot the comment sections of Being Liberal , and The other 98%

  77. lanza oussama says:

    team player

  78. Arya Sukhadeve says:

    The title says “These are the Most Toxic Places on Earth” The point is “Space” Please note that Space is not ON Earth.

  79. team player

  80. this is late news , way to old
    dont show us do something about it

    but way to late for those people

    babylon rules

  81. they+also+missed+my+neighbor’s+room

  82. CHrist+will+fix+everything+when+he+come+and+that+is+soon+to+happen.

  83. eu quero meus pontu logu

  84. Inaccurate title. Should read “Most polluted places”
    Half of those ‘places’ aren’t toxic (ie: garbage patch, space, rainforest…)

  85. your mum is very naughty

  86. It’s a stupid fake. I live in Dzerzhinsk and there’s no such place that is shown in video. My city is situated on a plane, there’s no mountains or hills. And there’s no such nature at all. The city is surrounded by forest.

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