An industrial city in northern Russia founded in 1935, Norilsk contained the world’s largest heavy metals smelting complex as of the early 2000s. Nearly 500 tons each of carbon and nickel oxides, along with 2 million tons of sulfur dioxide are released annually into the air. That’s one reason why life expectancy for factory workers in Norilsk is 10 years below the Russian average, which is hardly robust anyway at just 69 years, compared to nearly 79 years in the U.S. It’s estimated that over 130,000 local residents are exposed to particulates and metal pollution each day, leading to increased levels of respiratory disease and cancer.
These are some of the evidence of the negative impact of industrialization, that is why environmental compliance is important. Industries should be responsible for their waste: to protect the stakeholders, the business itself, and the environment.
If you'd like to see a more visual account of Agbobogbloshie, Ghana take a look at the project I started earlier this year which dives into the work and lifestyle of the children who work there.
Perhaps it is because China has made "progress" by outsourcing pollution to other developing countries just as developed countries have outsourced it to China?
@xiaochensu surely!... it is a beautiful country....