• A woman stands on top of the Dhapa landfill, the destination for much of Kolkata's solid waste over the past 30 years. It is estimated that only 10 percent of Kolkata's waste is recycled, contributing to the growing problem of waste that is sitting just a couple of kilometers from the city's downtown area. India. November, 2013
  • A young Indian boy near the Dhapa landfill, the destination for much of Kolkata's solid waste over the past 30 years. It is estimated that only 10 percent of Kolkata's waste is recycled, contributing to the growing problem of waste that is sitting just a couple of kilometres from the city's downtown area. India. November, 2013
  • Against smoggy skies, a man walks his daughter across a busy street in central Kolkata. According to the Delhi-based Center for Science and Environment, "18 out of every 100,000 persons in Kolkata fall victim to lung cancer annually. Seven out of 10 people in Kolkata are afflicted with some form of respiratory ailment. Also the percentage of children suffering from upper respiratory infections, cough, wheezing and eye irritation is increasing in direct proportion to the increasing concentration of PM10 [particle pollution]."  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 stands on the banks of the Ganges River, in central Kolkata. 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
  • On the outskirts of Kolkata, piles of leather trimmings lie next to a road. The small pieces are burnt, dried and then sold for use as fertilizer or as food for farm animals. Burning of the leather produces harmful gases that are released into the air. Workers often have little to no protection.  India. November, 2013
  • Women stand on top of the Dhapa landfill, the destination for much of Kolkata's solid waste over the past 30 years. It is estimated that only 10 percent of Kolkata's waste is recycled, contributing to the growing problem of waste that is sitting just a couple of kilometers from the city's downtown area. India. November, 2013
  • Two child workers stand in a brick factory, in the Malancha district of eastern Kolkata. India. November, 2013
  • A child works 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
  • Bricks are lined up on the ground in a factory on the outskirts of Kolkata, India. November, 2013
  • A man sleeps on a bike near farmland on the outskirts of Kolkata, India. November, 2013
  • Porters carrying heavy goods in a market in central Kolkata, India. November, 2013
  • A bird flies over wetland in Kolkata, India. November, 2013
  • Streetscene in central Kolkata, India. November, 2013
  • Men sit and sleep on the steps along the banks of the Ganges River in Kolkata, 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
  • A child 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 sits in a brick-making factory on the outskirts of 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
  • A young Indian boy stands near a car in Kolkata, India. November, 2013
  • Men washing sheets in Kolkata, India. November, 2013
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