"Founded in 1999, Blacksmith Institute's vision is a clean planet for our children. We develop and implement solutions for pollution-related problems in the developing world. We work cooperatively with partnerships of donors, governments, NGO's and others, and provide strategic, technical, and financial support to local champions as they strive to solve specific, pollution-related problems in their communities."
Polluted Places 2006
Haina, Dominican Republic
La Oroya, Peru
Maiuu Suu, Kyrgyzstan
Rudnaya Pristan/Dalnegorsk, Russia
Each city link provides a fairly gruesome site description and outline of the causes of the pollution. Futher reading is also listed.
To quote from thePlanetArk: article:
Blacksmith Director Richard Fuller said environmental problems cause up to 20 percent of deaths in developing countries. And environmental toxins in these towns put residents at risk of being poisoned, developing cancers and lung infections and having mentally retarded children, the group said.
"The worst problem is the damage it does to children's development ... and that damages the future of the countries,"
A related articles on China are worth reading if this post has been of interest:
"The Most Polluted City in the World: Sixteen of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in China." The Epoch times. (2006) June 10, 2006. (refers to air pollution and particulates)
Mary Kay Magistad "Land of Pollution." The World. (2006) July 17, 2006.
Anyone who has read Matt Kahn's book "Green Cities" will understand the economics behind the process of cleaning cities from the discussion of Urban Environmental Kuznets Curves to Greener Governance and finally how to achieve urban and global sustainability.