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Two Most Polluted Cities in the World are in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 15, 2010

The 10 most polluted cities in the world

1. Linfen, China

Type of Pollution: Coal

Source of Pollution: Industrial and Automotive Emissions

Linfen, China is not only the most-polluted city in China, but also the world. It includes many coal mines. Although legal coal mines create a lot of pollution, it is the city’s illegal coal mines that do the most damage, since they do not follow anti-pollution regulations. The city’s air is constantly soiled with burning coal.

2. Tianying, China

Type of Pollution: Lead and heavy metals

Source of Pollution: Mining and Processing

Tianying accounts for more than 50 percent of China’s total lead production. Because there are not many standards that regulate lead production in China, a lot of lead ends up in the city’s soil and water. Ultimately, the lead ends up in the bloodstream of children. Lead has been shown to decrease IQ in children.

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