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Monday, August 5, 2013

Top 10 Toxic Industries

A list of the Top 10 Most Toxic Industries has been published. Industrial pollution not only causes disease and injury to workers, but also environmentally pollutes communities.

The World’s Worst Pollution Problems-- issued jointly by the nonprofit Blacksmith Institute and GreenCross Switzerland offers the broadest picture of pollution's global toll to date with research across 49 countries.
Photo credit: Blacksmith Institute.

The report identifies the top ten toxic industries responsible for some of the world's worst pollution problems, and reveals that the health impact of pollution is the same as or higher than some of the most dangerous diseases worldwide–similar in scope to better-known problems such as malaria and tuberculosis. 

The Top Ten Toxic Industries are listed by DALY or Disability Adjusted Life Years. The impact of pollution is measured in DALYs, which capture the total number of life years lost from early death as well as any reduction in quality of life resulting from disease.

  1. Lead Acid Battery Recycling
  2. Lead Smelting
  3. Mining & Ore production
  4. Tannery Operations
  5. Industrial-Municipal Dumps Sites
  6. Industrial Estates
  7. Artisanal Gold Mining
  8. Product Manufacturing
  9. Chemical Manufacturing
  10. Dye Industry

This is the latest in a series of pollution reports released annually since 2006 that document the state of the world’s worst polluted places and pollution problems. The report is available for download at, where you can also read past reports. 
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