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  • Mali, Near Timbuktu, Tuareg Camp In Harmattan Dust Storm, Edge Of Sahara.Mali, Near Timbuktu, Tuareg Camp In Harmattan Dust Storm, Edge Of Sahara.
  • Burned forest in plantations around Riau, owned by the two giant pulp and paper producers, Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd. (APRIL) and Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). Plantations of the popular species for pulp, Acacia Mangium, are susceptible to forest fires. But the government has stipulated that it is now a crime to clear land by burning.Burned forest in plantations around Riau, owned by the two giant pulp and paper producers, Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd. (APRIL) and Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). Plantations of the popular species for pulp, Acacia Mangium, are susceptible to forest fires. But the government has stipulated that it is now a crime to clear land by burning.
  • Greenpeace China activist Zhong Ju shows a 1968 photo of the Middle Rongbuk Glacier to illustrate a 2km retreat and deterioration of the glacier in just under 40 years. A Greenpeace team based in Beijing investigated the retreat of the Middle Rongbuk Glacier, Mount Everest (Qomolangma). The Rongbuk Glaciers are one of the prime sources of water feeding into the major rivers of China and India. Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world as a result of global warming. It is estimated by scientists that if the present rate of climate change continues then there is a strong likelihood that most of the Himalayan glaciers would disappear completely by 2035.Greenpeace China activist Zhong Ju shows a 1968 photo of the Middle Rongbuk Glacier to illustrate a 2km retreat and deterioration of the glacier in just under 40 years. A Greenpeace team based in Beijing investigated the retreat of the Middle Rongbuk Glacier, Mount Everest (Qomolangma). The Rongbuk Glaciers are one of the prime sources of water feeding into the major rivers of China and India. Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world as a result of global warming. It is estimated by scientists that if the present rate of climate change continues then there is a strong likelihood that most of the Himalayan glaciers would disappear completely by 2035.
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      Tibet, China - 21/04/2007: Greenpeace China activist Zhong Ju shows a 1968 photo of the Middle Rongbuk Glacier to illustrate a 2km retreat and deterioration of the glacier in just under 40 years. A Greenpeace team based in Beijing investigated the retreat of the Middle Rongbuk Glacier, Mount Everest (Qomolangma). The Rongbuk Glaciers are one of the prime sources of water feeding into the major rivers of China and India. Glaciers in the Himalaya are receding faster than in any other part of the world as a result of global warming. It is estimated by scientists that if the present rate of climate change continues then there is a strong likelihood that most of the Himalayan glaciers would disappear completely by 2035.
      Credit: John Novis
  • A young boy swimming in extremely polluted river water. The indiscriminate discharge of liquid waste by industries and factories in and around the Dhaka industrial zone has ruined a large part of the Buriganga river, causing immense suffering to residents living on the banks.A young boy swimming in extremely polluted river water. The indiscriminate discharge of liquid waste by industries and factories in and around the Dhaka industrial zone has ruined a large part of the Buriganga river, causing immense suffering to residents living on the banks.
  • Amazon rainforest clearance. Deforestation. Acre State near Rio Branco city, Brazil.Amazon rainforest clearance. Deforestation. Acre State near Rio Branco city, Brazil.
  • Seemingly chaotic traffic on Fulbaria Road shows some organization as cars, rickshaws and pedestrians follow their own lanes.Seemingly chaotic traffic on Fulbaria Road shows some organization as cars, rickshaws and pedestrians follow their own lanes.
  • Murad (age 15), a worker in a black iron oxide manual factory.  Every day he works for 10 – 12 hours and gets Taka 1500 (approx US$21) per month. After his father died he stopped going to school and got work at the factory to support his family. The manufacture of black iron oxide is considered to be one of the most hazardous occupations in Bangladesh. Workers work in extreme conditions without any safety measures such as safety goggles, face masks, gloves, work boots and so on.Murad (age 15), a worker in a black iron oxide manual factory.  Every day he works for 10 – 12 hours and gets Taka 1500 (approx US$21) per month. After his father died he stopped going to school and got work at the factory to support his family. The manufacture of black iron oxide is considered to be one of the most hazardous occupations in Bangladesh. Workers work in extreme conditions without any safety measures such as safety goggles, face masks, gloves, work boots and so on.
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      Gazipur, Dhaka, Dhaka, Gazipur, Bangladesh - 25/06/2010: Murad (age 15), a worker in a black iron oxide manual factory. Every day he works for 10 – 12 hours and gets Taka 1500 (approx US$21) per month. After his father died he stopped going to school and got work at the factory to support his family. The manufacture of black iron oxide is considered to be one of the most hazardous occupations in Bangladesh. Workers work in extreme conditions without any safety measures such as safety goggles, face masks, gloves, work boots and so on.
      Credit: Probal Rashid
  • Delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal, Canada, today got a first hand view of carbon dioxide emissions coming from Thailand's Mae Moh coal power plant, the largest and most notorious of its kind in Southeast Asia. Greenpeace activists transmitted to the conference live images of the coal plant as a laser projector beamed messages such as "CLIMATE CHANGE STARTS HERE" and "COAL KILLS" in front of the Mae Moh coal power plant.

Delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal, Canada, today got a first hand view of carbon dioxide emissions coming from Thailand's Mae Moh coal power plant, the largest and most notorious of its kind in Southeast Asia. Greenpeace activists transmitted to the conference live images of the coal plant as a laser projector beamed messages such as "CLIMATE CHANGE STARTS HERE" and "COAL KILLS" in front of the Mae Moh coal power plant.
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      Lampang, Thailand - 30/11/2005: Delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal, Canada, today got a first hand view of carbon dioxide emissions coming from Thailand's Mae Moh coal power plant, the largest and most notorious of its kind in Southeast Asia. Greenpeace activists transmitted to the conference live images of the coal plant as a laser projector beamed messages such as "CLIMATE CHANGE STARTS HERE" and "COAL KILLS" in front of the Mae Moh coal power plant.
      Credit: Vinai Ditthajohn
  • Thai activists sealed off the GE papaya at the agricultural research station of the Department of Agriculture. Dressed in protective suits they removed the GE papaya fruit from the trees then secured them in hazardous material containers. They also demanded that the government complete this process and immediately destroy all papaya trees, fruit, seedlings, and seeds in the Khon Kaen research station to prevent further contamination.Thai activists sealed off the GE papaya at the agricultural research station of the Department of Agriculture. Dressed in protective suits they removed the GE papaya fruit from the trees then secured them in hazardous material containers. They also demanded that the government complete this process and immediately destroy all papaya trees, fruit, seedlings, and seeds in the Khon Kaen research station to prevent further contamination.
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      Khon Kaen, Thailand - 27/07/2004: Thai activists sealed off the GE papaya at the agricultural research station of the Department of Agriculture. Dressed in protective suits they removed the GE papaya fruit from the trees then secured them in hazardous material containers. They also demanded that the government complete this process and immediately destroy all papaya trees, fruit, seedlings, and seeds in the Khon Kaen research station to prevent further contamination.
      Credit: Yvan Cohen
  • Landscape of ice and mountains.Landscape of ice and mountains.
  • A young boy is playing on the pieces of processed leather at Hazaribagh. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry.A young boy is playing on the pieces of processed leather at Hazaribagh. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry.
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      Hazaribagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh - 13/11/2012: A young boy is playing on the pieces of processed leather at Hazaribagh. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry.
      Credit: Probal Rashid
  • Women sorting coal which is used in the kilns at a brick field. Huge numbers of women and children work in the brick fields of Dhaka. These women and children come to Dhaka with their family in search of food. They are forced to work in hazardous condition in the fields. Industries and motorized vehicles are the two major sources of urban air pollution in Bangladesh.Women sorting coal which is used in the kilns at a brick field. Huge numbers of women and children work in the brick fields of Dhaka. These women and children come to Dhaka with their family in search of food. They are forced to work in hazardous condition in the fields. Industries and motorized vehicles are the two major sources of urban air pollution in Bangladesh.
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      Gazipur, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh - 22/02/2008: Women sorting coal which is used in the kilns at a brick field. Huge numbers of women and children work in the brick fields of Dhaka. These women and children come to Dhaka with their family in search of food. They are forced to work in hazardous condition in the fields. Industries and motorized vehicles are the two major sources of urban air pollution in Bangladesh.
      Credit: Probal Rashid
  • Late evening looking over Mount Isa as smoke billows from a stack from one of the mines in this small outback town.  Coal and iron ore are mined and smelted here and pollution just pours out into the desert atmosphere.Late evening looking over Mount Isa as smoke billows from a stack from one of the mines in this small outback town.  Coal and iron ore are mined and smelted here and pollution just pours out into the desert atmosphere.
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      Mount Isa, QUEENSLAND, Australia - 01/05/1988: Late evening looking over Mount Isa as smoke billows from a stack from one of the mines in this small outback town. Coal and iron ore are mined and smelted here and pollution just pours out into the desert atmosphere.
      Credit: Peter Charlesworth
  • Landscape of ice and mountains.Landscape of ice and mountains.
  • A man and his son selling anti-haze masks to motorists.A man and his son selling anti-haze masks to motorists.
  • Burned forest in plantations around Riau, owned by the two giant pulp and paper producers, Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd. (APRIL) and Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). Plantations of the popular species for pulp, Acacia Mangium, are susceptible to forest fires. But the government has stipulated that it is now a crime to clear land by burning.Burned forest in plantations around Riau, owned by the two giant pulp and paper producers, Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd. (APRIL) and Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). Plantations of the popular species for pulp, Acacia Mangium, are susceptible to forest fires. But the government has stipulated that it is now a crime to clear land by burning.
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      PEKANBARU, Sumatra, Indonesia - 25/08/2006: Burned forest in plantations around Riau, owned by the two giant pulp and paper producers, Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd. (APRIL) and Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). Plantations of the popular species for pulp, Acacia Mangium, are susceptible to forest fires. But the government has stipulated that it is now a crime to clear land by burning.
      Credit: Vinai Ditthajohn
  • Children collecting water from a well.Children collecting water from a well.
  • Greenpeace ship "Artic Sunrise"  at Amazonas river ( Amazon river ). Santarem, Para State, Brasil.Greenpeace ship "Artic Sunrise"  at Amazonas river ( Amazon river ). Santarem, Para State, Brasil.
  • Mali, Djenne, Street Scene Girl Getting Water From Well.Mali, Djenne, Street Scene Girl Getting Water From Well.
  • Smoke billows from a stack in the town of  Mount Isa, Austrailia.Smoke billows from a stack in the town of  Mount Isa, Austrailia.
  • Children swim in polluted river water. Factories are discharging untreated chemicals into the tributaries of the river Turag, which are destroying fish and other aquatic life and also causing immense suffering to residents living on the river's banks.Children swim in polluted river water. Factories are discharging untreated chemicals into the tributaries of the river Turag, which are destroying fish and other aquatic life and also causing immense suffering to residents living on the river's banks.
  • A cyclist is stuck between three buses in Central London.A cyclist is stuck between three buses in Central London.
  • A parking lot of public bicycles, where citizens can rent these public bikes by self-service.  Beijing has invested in 40000 public bikes and 1000 parking lots near subway stations and residential quarters to reduce the air pollution caused by the automobile exhaust.  In 5 years, Beijing will continuously invest 50 billions RMB to solve the annoying smoggy weather.A parking lot of public bicycles, where citizens can rent these public bikes by self-service.  Beijing has invested in 40000 public bikes and 1000 parking lots near subway stations and residential quarters to reduce the air pollution caused by the automobile exhaust.  In 5 years, Beijing will continuously invest 50 billions RMB to solve the annoying smoggy weather.
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      Beijing, China - 29/06/2014: A parking lot of public bicycles, where citizens can rent these public bikes by self-service. Beijing has invested in 40000 public bikes and 1000 parking lots near subway stations and residential quarters to reduce the air pollution caused by the automobile exhaust. In 5 years, Beijing will continuously invest 50 billions RMB to solve the annoying smoggy weather.
      Credit: Zhang Peng
  • Pigs eat garbage as factories and brick factory kilns spew smoke into the air. The growth of industries in Bangladesh has generally been unplanned without keeping the issue of environmental protection. Dumping of various industrial wastes, often result in polluting the water, soil and air. Industrial liquid waste and black smog created by brick kilns have doubled the sufferings of many villagers even compelled them to have to move their houses. The emission of various greenhouse gases such as CO2, CH4, among others from various industries, increases the overall temperature of the earth, resulting in global warming and making the area unsuitable for human habitation and for animals and plant species.Pigs eat garbage as factories and brick factory kilns spew smoke into the air. The growth of industries in Bangladesh has generally been unplanned without keeping the issue of environmental protection. Dumping of various industrial wastes, often result in polluting the water, soil and air. Industrial liquid waste and black smog created by brick kilns have doubled the sufferings of many villagers even compelled them to have to move their houses. The emission of various greenhouse gases such as CO2, CH4, among others from various industries, increases the overall temperature of the earth, resulting in global warming and making the area unsuitable for human habitation and for animals and plant species.
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      Gazipur, Bangladesh, Gazipur, Bangladesh - 02/02/2011: Pigs eat garbage as factories and brick factory kilns spew smoke into the air. The growth of industries in Bangladesh has generally been unplanned without keeping the issue of environmental protection. Dumping of various industrial wastes, often result in polluting the water, soil and air. Industrial liquid waste and black smog created by brick kilns have doubled the sufferings of many villagers even compelled them to have to move their houses. The emission of various greenhouse gases such as CO2, CH4, among others from various industries, increases the overall temperature of the earth, resulting in global warming and making the area unsuitable for human habitation and for animals and plant species.
      Credit: Probal Rashid
  • Tree stump in clear cut forest near Forks on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, USA.Tree stump in clear cut forest near Forks on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, USA.
  • Clearcutting along the Campell River.Clearcutting along the Campell River.
  • A street in Pathum Thani without its usual activity. This area North of Bangkok is very industrial and densely populated and flooding has stop all sort of commerce.A street in Pathum Thani without its usual activity. This area North of Bangkok is very industrial and densely populated and flooding has stop all sort of commerce.
  • Night time traffic in Bangkok. The city's traffic gridlock and congestion are a major problem in the Thai capital.Night time traffic in Bangkok. The city's traffic gridlock and congestion are a major problem in the Thai capital.
  • A farmer washes vegetable for selling in contaminated pond water in Hazaribagh. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry.A farmer washes vegetable for selling in contaminated pond water in Hazaribagh. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry.
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      Hazaribagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh - 25/11/2013: A farmer washes vegetable for selling in contaminated pond water in Hazaribagh. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry.
      Credit: Probal Rashid
  • Sanaul (age 12 years), a tannery factory worker, customizes a mask for himself. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry. © Probal RashidSanaul (age 12 years), a tannery factory worker, customizes a mask for himself. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry. © Probal Rashid
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      Hazaribagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh - 19/11/2013: Sanaul (age 12 years), a tannery factory worker, customizes a mask for himself. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry. © Probal Rashid
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  • Households are forced to endure the highly toxic water flowing in canals. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry. © Probal RashidHouseholds are forced to endure the highly toxic water flowing in canals. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry. © Probal Rashid
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      Hazaribagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh - 19/11/2013: Households are forced to endure the highly toxic water flowing in canals. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry. © Probal Rashid
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  • Biplob (age 12 years) works at a tannery in Hazaribagh. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry. Biplob (age 12 years) works at a tannery in Hazaribagh. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry.
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      Hazaribagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh - 02/11/2013: Biplob (age 12 years) works at a tannery in Hazaribagh. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry.
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  • A boy crosses over a puddle of chemical and leather waste at Hazaribagh. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry. A boy crosses over a puddle of chemical and leather waste at Hazaribagh. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry.
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      Hazaribagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh - 07/11/2013: A boy crosses over a puddle of chemical and leather waste at Hazaribagh. Dhaka's Hazaribagh area, widely known for its tannery industry, has been listed as one of the top 10 polluted places on earth with 270 registered tanneries in Bangladesh, and around 90-95 percent are located at Hazaribagh employing 8,000 to 12,000 people. Leather production includes many operations with different exposures, which can be harmful for the health of the workers, and particularly be carcinogenic. Some compounds in the tanning process are considered as probably being carcinogenic to humans (some benzene-based dyes and formaldehyde). Besides these, scores of other chemicals and organic solvents such as chromate and bichromate salts, aniline, butyl acetate, ethanol, benzene, toluene, sulfuric acid and ammonium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tannery industry.
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  • A worker digs through piles of rubbish in  a giant rubbish dump outside of town. Following the economic crash in 1997, scavengers were in many cases forced to dig through rubbish as a means to survive. Since 2000, there are signs that the economy may be improving.A worker digs through piles of rubbish in  a giant rubbish dump outside of town. Following the economic crash in 1997, scavengers were in many cases forced to dig through rubbish as a means to survive. Since 2000, there are signs that the economy may be improving.
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      Chaiyaphum, Chaiyaphum, Chaiyaphum, Thailand - 01/01/1998: A worker digs through piles of rubbish in a giant rubbish dump outside of town. Following the economic crash in 1997, scavengers were in many cases forced to dig through rubbish as a means to survive. Since 2000, there are signs that the economy may be improving.
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  • Women sorting out garbage at Aletar garbage dump. The garbage collected off the streets of the capital city is mostly sorted for recycling by low-caste workers including children who earn between  300 and 400 Nepali rupees per day (approx US$ 3.4 to US$ 4.5) sometimes less.Women sorting out garbage at Aletar garbage dump. The garbage collected off the streets of the capital city is mostly sorted for recycling by low-caste workers including children who earn between  300 and 400 Nepali rupees per day (approx US$ 3.4 to US$ 4.5) sometimes less.
  • Brick factories lay in Dhaka's suburbs.Brick factories lay in Dhaka's suburbs.
  • Factory chimneys spewing smoke and pollution into the atmosphere on the outskirts of Ulan Bator.Factory chimneys spewing smoke and pollution into the atmosphere on the outskirts of Ulan Bator.
  • A farmer replacing paddy plants which are totally damaged due to being irrigated with polluted river water. Dumping of various industrial waste products into water sources, and improper contamination of industrial wastes, often result in polluting the water. Such pollution disturbs the balance of the ecosystem inside the rivers, resulting in the death of various animal and plant species.A farmer replacing paddy plants which are totally damaged due to being irrigated with polluted river water. Dumping of various industrial waste products into water sources, and improper contamination of industrial wastes, often result in polluting the water. Such pollution disturbs the balance of the ecosystem inside the rivers, resulting in the death of various animal and plant species.
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      Gazipur, Dhaka, Bnagladesh, Gazipur, Bangladesh - 16/02/2011: A farmer replacing paddy plants which are totally damaged due to being irrigated with polluted river water. Dumping of various industrial waste products into water sources, and improper contamination of industrial wastes, often result in polluting the water. Such pollution disturbs the balance of the ecosystem inside the rivers, resulting in the death of various animal and plant species.
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  • A worker washes clothes in water heavily polluted by the discharge waste water from chemical factories. The factories are discharging untreated chemicals into water bodies which are destroying fish and other aquatic life.A worker washes clothes in water heavily polluted by the discharge waste water from chemical factories. The factories are discharging untreated chemicals into water bodies which are destroying fish and other aquatic life.
  • Khun Khao Jaiwang, 68, breathes with the help of an oxygen tank at Mae Moh district hospital.  He has been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Environmental activists and villagers in the Mae Moh area believe that emissions from the Mae Moh power plant are the principal cause of respiratory disease in this area. An abnormal number of villagers in vicinity of the power plant are dying of respiratory related illnesses.

Mae Moh district in northern Thailand's Lampang province is home to Southeast Asia's largest lignite fired power generating facility.

Villagers in the area have long complained that the plant, which supplies north and northeast Thailand with power, is contaminating the surrounding area and poses a hazard to their health as well as damaging agricultural land. 

The Mae Moh Power Plant, as it is known, began operations about 30 years ago and, despite being dogged by accusations of excessive pollution and evidence that locals are suffering respiratory problems as a result of burn-off from the plant, has continued to expand production. 

Environmental activists in Thailand and elsewhere see the plant as an example of unclean power technology that should not be repeated in other countries. Proponents of coal and lignite plants say it offers cost effective energy with relatively little impact on the environment.Khun Khao Jaiwang, 68, breathes with the help of an oxygen tank at Mae Moh district hospital.  He has been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Environmental activists and villagers in the Mae Moh area believe that emissions from the Mae Moh power plant are the principal cause of respiratory disease in this area. An abnormal number of villagers in vicinity of the power plant are dying of respiratory related illnesses.

Mae Moh district in northern Thailand's Lampang province is home to Southeast Asia's largest lignite fired power generating facility.

Villagers in the area have long complained that the plant, which supplies north and northeast Thailand with power, is contaminating the surrounding area and poses a hazard to their health as well as damaging agricultural land. 

The Mae Moh Power Plant, as it is known, began operations about 30 years ago and, despite being dogged by accusations of excessive pollution and evidence that locals are suffering respiratory problems as a result of burn-off from the plant, has continued to expand production. 

Environmental activists in Thailand and elsewhere see the plant as an example of unclean power technology that should not be repeated in other countries. Proponents of coal and lignite plants say it offers cost effective energy with relatively little impact on the environment.
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      Mae Moh, Lampang, Thailand - 26/11/2004: Khun Khao Jaiwang, 68, breathes with the help of an oxygen tank at Mae Moh district hospital. He has been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Environmental activists and villagers in the Mae Moh area believe that emissions from the Mae Moh power plant are the principal cause of respiratory disease in this area. An abnormal number of villagers in vicinity of the power plant are dying of respiratory related illnesses. Mae Moh district in northern Thailand's Lampang province is home to Southeast Asia's largest lignite fired power generating facility. Villagers in the area have long complained that the plant, which supplies north and northeast Thailand with power, is contaminating the surrounding area and poses a hazard to their health as well as damaging agricultural land. The Mae Moh Power Plant, as it is known, began operations about 30 years ago and, despite being dogged by accusations of excessive pollution and evidence that locals are suffering respiratory problems as a result of burn-off from the plant, has continued to expand production. Environmental activists in Thailand and elsewhere see the plant as an example of unclean power technology that should not be repeated in other countries. Proponents of coal and lignite plants say it offers cost effective energy with relatively little impact on the environment.
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  • Toxic pollution pours from the huge chimney stacks of the Mae Moh power plant, Southeast Asia's largest lignite fired power generating facility.

Villagers in the area have long complained that the plant, which supplies north and northeast Thailand with power, is contaminating the surrounding area and poses a hazard to their health as well as damaging agricultural land. 

The Mae Moh Power Plant, as it is known, began operations about 30 years ago and, despite being dogged by accusations of excessive pollution and evidence that locals are suffering respiratory problems as a result of burn-off from the plant, has continued to expand production. 

Environmental activists in Thailand and elsewhere see the plant as an example of unclean power technology that should not be repeated in other countries. Proponents of coal and lignite plants say it offers cost effective energy with relatively little impact on the environment.Toxic pollution pours from the huge chimney stacks of the Mae Moh power plant, Southeast Asia's largest lignite fired power generating facility.

Villagers in the area have long complained that the plant, which supplies north and northeast Thailand with power, is contaminating the surrounding area and poses a hazard to their health as well as damaging agricultural land. 

The Mae Moh Power Plant, as it is known, began operations about 30 years ago and, despite being dogged by accusations of excessive pollution and evidence that locals are suffering respiratory problems as a result of burn-off from the plant, has continued to expand production. 

Environmental activists in Thailand and elsewhere see the plant as an example of unclean power technology that should not be repeated in other countries. Proponents of coal and lignite plants say it offers cost effective energy with relatively little impact on the environment.
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      Mae Moh, Lampang, Thailand - 26/11/2004: Toxic pollution pours from the huge chimney stacks of the Mae Moh power plant, Southeast Asia's largest lignite fired power generating facility. Villagers in the area have long complained that the plant, which supplies north and northeast Thailand with power, is contaminating the surrounding area and poses a hazard to their health as well as damaging agricultural land. The Mae Moh Power Plant, as it is known, began operations about 30 years ago and, despite being dogged by accusations of excessive pollution and evidence that locals are suffering respiratory problems as a result of burn-off from the plant, has continued to expand production. Environmental activists in Thailand and elsewhere see the plant as an example of unclean power technology that should not be repeated in other countries. Proponents of coal and lignite plants say it offers cost effective energy with relatively little impact on the environment.
      Credit: Yvan Cohen
  • Toxic pollution pours from the huge chimney stacks of the Mae Moh power plant, Southeast Asia's largest lignite fired power generating facility.  Villagers in the area have long complained that the plant, which supplies north and northeast Thailand with power, is contaminating the surrounding area and poses a hazard to their health as well as damaging agricultural land. The Mae Moh Power Plant, as it is known, began operations about 30 years ago and, despite being dogged by accusations of excessive pollution and evidence that locals are suffering respiratory problems as a result of burn-off from the plant, has continued to expand production. 
Environmental activists in Thailand and elsewhere see the plant as an example of unclean power technology that should not be repeated in other countries. Proponents of coal and lignite plants say it offers cost effective energy with relatively little impact on the environment.Toxic pollution pours from the huge chimney stacks of the Mae Moh power plant, Southeast Asia's largest lignite fired power generating facility.  Villagers in the area have long complained that the plant, which supplies north and northeast Thailand with power, is contaminating the surrounding area and poses a hazard to their health as well as damaging agricultural land. The Mae Moh Power Plant, as it is known, began operations about 30 years ago and, despite being dogged by accusations of excessive pollution and evidence that locals are suffering respiratory problems as a result of burn-off from the plant, has continued to expand production. 
Environmental activists in Thailand and elsewhere see the plant as an example of unclean power technology that should not be repeated in other countries. Proponents of coal and lignite plants say it offers cost effective energy with relatively little impact on the environment.
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      Lampang, Thailand - 30/11/2005: Toxic pollution pours from the huge chimney stacks of the Mae Moh power plant, Southeast Asia's largest lignite fired power generating facility. Villagers in the area have long complained that the plant, which supplies north and northeast Thailand with power, is contaminating the surrounding area and poses a hazard to their health as well as damaging agricultural land. The Mae Moh Power Plant, as it is known, began operations about 30 years ago and, despite being dogged by accusations of excessive pollution and evidence that locals are suffering respiratory problems as a result of burn-off from the plant, has continued to expand production. Environmental activists in Thailand and elsewhere see the plant as an example of unclean power technology that should not be repeated in other countries. Proponents of coal and lignite plants say it offers cost effective energy with relatively little impact on the environment.
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  • A haze of pollution resulting from a massive  fire in the Indonesian forest has stretched over parts of Indonesia and Malaysia.A haze of pollution resulting from a massive  fire in the Indonesian forest has stretched over parts of Indonesia and Malaysia.
  • Palm oil refineries in the Wilmar concession. Palm oil is exported world-wide to multinational companies for consumables and cosmetics. The production requires degradation and draining of the last large intact area of peat swamp forest in Riau province, which has some of the deepest peat in Indonesia, to cultivate palm oil plantations. Peatland forest is critical for maintaining biodiversity and its degradation releases vast stores of carbon thereby contributing to global climate change.
Palm oil refineries in the Wilmar concession. Palm oil is exported world-wide to multinational companies for consumables and cosmetics. The production requires degradation and draining of the last large intact area of peat swamp forest in Riau province, which has some of the deepest peat in Indonesia, to cultivate palm oil plantations. Peatland forest is critical for maintaining biodiversity and its degradation releases vast stores of carbon thereby contributing to global climate change.
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      Riau, Indonesia - 08/11/2008: Palm oil refineries in the Wilmar concession. Palm oil is exported world-wide to multinational companies for consumables and cosmetics. The production requires degradation and draining of the last large intact area of peat swamp forest in Riau province, which has some of the deepest peat in Indonesia, to cultivate palm oil plantations. Peatland forest is critical for maintaining biodiversity and its degradation releases vast stores of carbon thereby contributing to global climate change.
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  • Palm oil development on the Palma Satu Concession belonging to Duta Palm Group. The group is degrading and draining parts of the last large intact area of peat swamp forest in Kab Indragiri on Sumatra to cultivate palm oil plantations. Peatland forest is critical for maintaining biodiversity and its degradation releases vast stores of carbon thereby contributing to global climate change.Palm oil development on the Palma Satu Concession belonging to Duta Palm Group. The group is degrading and draining parts of the last large intact area of peat swamp forest in Kab Indragiri on Sumatra to cultivate palm oil plantations. Peatland forest is critical for maintaining biodiversity and its degradation releases vast stores of carbon thereby contributing to global climate change.
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      Riau, Indonesia - 05/11/2008: Palm oil development on the Palma Satu Concession belonging to Duta Palm Group. The group is degrading and draining parts of the last large intact area of peat swamp forest in Kab Indragiri on Sumatra to cultivate palm oil plantations. Peatland forest is critical for maintaining biodiversity and its degradation releases vast stores of carbon thereby contributing to global climate change.
      Credit: John Novis
  • Russia, Trans-siberian Railway, Ulan Ude, Industry With Smoke Stacks.Russia, Trans-siberian Railway, Ulan Ude, Industry With Smoke Stacks.
  • China, Beijing, Tianamen Square, Bicycles, Pollution.China, Beijing, Tianamen Square, Bicycles, Pollution.
  • A child blows up a condom found while playing in the polluted environment of the bank of the river Buriganga. Indiscriminate discharge of liquid waste by the tannery factories in Dhaka's Hazaribagh area has ruined a large part of the Buriganga river, causing immense suffering to residents living on the banks.A child blows up a condom found while playing in the polluted environment of the bank of the river Buriganga. Indiscriminate discharge of liquid waste by the tannery factories in Dhaka's Hazaribagh area has ruined a large part of the Buriganga river, causing immense suffering to residents living on the banks.
  • A mother and children collects waste plastic for recycling from the polluted river Buriganga. Indiscriminate discharge of liquid waste by the tannery factories in Dhaka's Hazaribagh area has ruined a large part of the Buriganga river, causing immense suffering to residents living on the banks.A mother and children collects waste plastic for recycling from the polluted river Buriganga. Indiscriminate discharge of liquid waste by the tannery factories in Dhaka's Hazaribagh area has ruined a large part of the Buriganga river, causing immense suffering to residents living on the banks.
  • A man collects waste plastic for recycling from the untreated chemical waste of factories. The factories are discharging untreated chemicals into the water of tributaries of the river Turag, which are destroying fish and other aquatic life.A man collects waste plastic for recycling from the untreated chemical waste of factories. The factories are discharging untreated chemicals into the water of tributaries of the river Turag, which are destroying fish and other aquatic life.

 

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