There are more and more “dead places” on Earth, the UN said

(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists have recognized areas with destroyed ecology as dangerous for people’s lives.

The number of “black spots” in the world is increasing – areas whose ecology has been destroyed due to severe environmental pollution.

Because of this, millions of people living there suffer, reports The Guardian, citing a report by UN representative for human rights and the environment, David Boyd.

According to Boyd, the polluted areas of the planet are usually inhabited by extremely poor people. These people often suffer from cancer, strokes, heart and respiratory diseases, intellectual disabilities and mental problems due to the high content of heavy metals and other dangerous substances in those places.

As the UN official noted, serious environmental pollution caused nine million premature deaths, which is twice as many as the number of victims of COVID-19 in the first year and a half of the pandemic. Basically, “black spots” appear due to industrial enterprises operating there.

Among the most polluted areas of the planet, David Boyd singled out the “cancer alley” in Louisiana, where more than 100 oil refineries and petrochemical plants are located, the city of Kabwe in Zambia, the Pata Rat landfill in Romania, as well as overseas regions of France – Guadeloupe and Martinique.

According to the researcher, the volume of production of substances worldwide doubled between 2000 and 2017 and will double again by 2030. Boyd urged national governments to better regulate the activities of companies that pollute the environment, and to reduce funding for industries that damage nature.

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