• A child jumps in the Ganges River near a jetty in Kolkata. Upon entering the city, the river is saturated with a mix of domestic and industrial waste that has accumulated as it has passed through numerous states in northern India, making it one of the most polluted rivers in the world. India. November, 2013
  • Two men wash in the Ganges River near near the Howrah bridge in Kolkata. Upon entering the city, the river is saturated with a mix of domestic and industrial waste that has accumulated as it has passed through numerous states in northern India, making it one of the most polluted rivers in the world. India. November, 2013
  • A man stands in the Ganges River at sunset near the Howrah bridge in Kolkata. Upon entering the city, the river is saturated with a mix of domestic and industrial waste that has accumulated as it has passed through numerous states in northern India, making it one of the most polluted rivers in the world. India. November, 2013
  • People wash in the Ganges River at sunset near the Howrah bridge in Kolkata. Upon entering the city, the river is saturated with a mix of domestic and industrial waste that has accumulated as it has passed through numerous states in northern India, making it one of the most polluted rivers in the world. India. November, 2013
  • Three men wash in the Ganges River at sunset near the Howrah bridge in Kolkata. Upon entering the city, the river is saturated with a mix of domestic and industrial waste that has accumulated as it has passed through numerous states in northern India, making it one of the most polluted rivers in the world. India. November, 2013
  • A man washes in the Ganges River near near the Howrah bridge in Kolkata. Upon entering the city, the river is saturated with a mix of domestic and industrial waste that has accumulated as it has passed through numerous states in northern India, making it one of the most polluted rivers in the world. India. November, 2013
  • Villagers stand among piles of e-waste in the village of Sangrampur, located south of Kolkata in northeast India. Globally, an estimated 50 million tons of e-waste are produced annually, and much of it ends up in countries like India. November, 2013
  • A man holds recycled electronics in his hands in the village of Sangrampur, located south of Kolkata in northeast India. Globally, an estimated 50 million tons of e-waste are produced annually, and much of it ends up in countries like India. November, 2013
  • Secondhand electronics dealers collect old computer monitors in the Chandni Chowk market in central Kolkata. India. November, 2013
  • People wash in the Ganges River at sunset near the Howrah bridge in Kolkata. Upon entering the city, the river is saturated with a mix of domestic and industrial waste that has accumulated as it has passed through numerous states in northern India, making it one of the most polluted rivers in the world. India. November, 2013
  • Secondhand electronics dealers collect old computer monitors in the Chandni Chowk market in central Kolkata. India. November, 2013
  • A man in the city of Kanour, India. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst water pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry. Waste water laced with toxic chemicals, such as chromium, is discharged in local waterways and agricultural land which is used many residents who live in the nearby area. An array of health problems now afflict locals who use the water including cancers, mental health problems, child development issues and skin diseases.
  • A small pool of red water sits in a footprint in near a waste water channel in the town of Kanpur, in northern India. The water is laced with toxins and is highly acidic, giving it its distinct colour. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst water pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • Crows watch over Hindu idols and piles of garbage discarded near the banks of the Ganges River. India. November, 2013
  • Children work in a brick factory, in the Malancha district of eastern Kolkata. As their parents work nearby, children often play in the area, exposing them to harmful materials and waste produced in the industrial process. India. November, 2013
  • Two children in the grounds of a brick factory, in the Malancha district of eastern Kolkata. As their parents work nearby, children often play in the area, exposing them to harmful materials and waste produced in the industrial process. India. November, 2013
  • A worker in a brick-making factory on the outskirts of Kolkata, India. November, 2013
  • A cow grazes in littered field on the side of a highway in east Kolkata. The cow is seen as a holy and revered animal in Indian culture. However even cows are not safe from increasing pollution, especially in urban areas. India. November, 2013
  • A man sleeps on a bike near farmland on the outskirts of Kolkata, India. November, 2013
  • Ambassador taxis pass through crowds in central Kolkata, India. November, 2013
  • Porters carrying heavy goods in a market in central Kolkata, India. November, 2013
  • Sara Swati Mondol, 45, stands in a refuse collection point in the Kolay Market in Kolkata. She collects discarded plastic which she later resells in her village. She has been doing this job since childhood and earns around $1 per day. Many millions of Indian people still live below the poverty line and are often the most vulnerable to pollution. India. November, 2013
  • Birds fly near a modern hotel in central Kolkata, India. November, 2013
  • Foam floats on the surface of the Bhangar Canal, on the eastern outskirts of Kolkata. Flowing off of the nearby Vidyadhari River, the canal receives water mostly from nearby tanneries which process leather. At various points along the canal, toxic wastewater from the tanneries is released into the nearby waterway. At sluice gates nearby, the water has turned to foam as the chemical-laced water is churned up. India. November, 2013
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