2,000 Tons of Trash was Dumped Everyday at Ghazipur Landfill, India.
About 2,000 tonnes of garbage is dumped in the Ghazipur landfill yard every single day. Rising by nearly 10 metres a year, with no end in sight to its foul-smelling growth, the mountain will be more than 75 metres tall by 2020 — taller than the Taj Mahal, which rests at 73 metres. The hazards that the Ghazipur site poses go beyond known threats of communicable diseases. It is a regular sight for residents around the yard to spot fire outbreaks. Fires, sparked by methane emanating from the dump, break out out very regularly and take days to extinguish. A recent study said the dump was a health risk for people living within five kilometres (three miles), including for cancer. A senior researcher at the Center for Science and Environment in New Delhi, reportedly says that methane belching from the garbage can become even more deadly when mixed into the atmosphere. Leachate, a black toxic liquid, oozes from the dump into a local canal. It also seeps into the ground, mixing with groundwater, making it toxic. Credit: Brut.
Poverty deprives people of adequate education, health care and of life's most basic necessities- safe living conditions (including clean air and clean drinking water) and an adequate food supply. The developed (industrialized) countries today account for roughly 20 percent of the world's population but control about 80 percent of the world's wealth.
Poverty and pollution seem to operate in a vicious cycle that, so far, has been hard to break. Even in the developed nations, the gap between the rich and the poor is evident in their respective social and environmental conditions.