Karabash, Russian Federation
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A worker from the Karabash copper smelter in Russia's Urals walks home
along a railway line. The century-old smelter towering over Karabash
has covered soil around the town in highly-toxic mercury and lead,
killing off trees, grass and local crops. Most of the town's children
suffer from asthma, skin diseases and severe lead poisoning, local
health officials say. Ecologists have named the town of 16,000 as one
of the most heavily polluted places on the planet. Picture taken March
18, 2003. FOR RELEASE WITH FEATURE BC-ENVIRONMENT-RUSSIA.