• A man bathes in the Ganges River at the city of Kanpur. The river has become heavily polluted at this point along the river because of pollution from nearby leather tanneries.
  • A dog crosses a small water channel emitting industrial waste water into the Ganges River at the city of Kanpur. The river has become heavily polluted at this point along the river because of pollution from nearby leather tanneries.
  • Kiran Devi comes from a small village that is afflicted with water pollution from nearby leather tanneries. It is suspected that increased exposure to harmful toxins during mothers' pregnancies might be causing the increased number of children being born with mental disabilities in the villages outside Kanpur.
  • A leather tannery churns out more air pollution that causes problems for both the environment and residents' health.
  • Women from villages on the outskirts of Kanpur collect water from wells that have been sunk deep into the ground. It is feared that the severe pollution has penetrated the groundwater, allowing many harm toxins to enter the water and food chain.
  • Women from villages on the outskirts of Kanpur collect water from wells that have been sunk deep into the ground. It is feared that the severe pollution has penetrated the groundwater, allowing many harm toxins to enter the water and food chain.
  • Children run through the shallows of the Ganges River. Waste water in the foreground from nearby tanneries has contributed to the severe degradation of local water resources near the city of Kanpur. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst water pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • Sandhya Katari, 4, lies on a bed outside her home in the Jajmau area of Kanpur. She is one of a number of children in the area suffering from mental development problems believed to be caused by prolonged exposure to toxins in the local water. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • Waste water from tanneries is channeled onto nearby farmland in the Indian city of Kanpur. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst water pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • Kiran Devi comes from a small village that is afflicted with water pollution from nearby leather tanneries. It is suspected that increased exposure to harmful toxins during mothers' pregnancies might be causing the increased number of children being born with mental disabilities in the villages outside Kanpur.
  • Shabhan Sheikh Siddique (1) is held by his mother outside the family home in a poor community of Kanpur. He suffers from cataracts and is one of a growing number of children in the community suffering from developmental issues believed to have been caused by increased exposure to water pollution whilst in the womb
  • A farmer works his farmland on the outskirts of the city of Kanpur. 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 toxins, such as chromium, is discharged into local waterways which are used by farmers who live in the nearby area. An array of health problems now afflict locals including cancers, mental health problems, child development issues and skin diseases.
  • A child wades through the shallows of the Ganges River. Waste water in the foreground from nearby tanneries has contributed to the severe degradation of local water resources near the city of Kanpur. 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 from tanneries is channeled onto nearby farmland in the Indian city of Kanpur. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst water pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • A woman from a village on the outskirts of Kanpur carries water from wells that have been sunk deep into the ground. It is feared that the severe pollution has penetrated the groundwater, allowing many harm toxins to enter the water and food chain.
  • Villagers gather around a well in the middle of the village. Wells have been sunk deep into the ground but it is feared that the severe pollution has penetrated the groundwater, allowing many harm toxins to enter the water and food chain.
  • 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 young boy stands near large vats that are used for burning leather trimmings on the banks of the Ganges River in Kanpur. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • A worker stands in the chromium fields of Kanpur, an area next to the Ganges River that receives waste from nearby tannery factories. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry. Waste water laced with toxins, 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 have worked in the tanneries, or use the local water. Health effects have included cancers, mental health problems, child development issues and skin diseases.
  • A child worker pulls discarded leather trimmings discarded from local tanneries. The waste is laced with toxins produced in the tanning process. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • 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.
  • Waste water from tanneries is channeled onto nearby farmland in the Indian city of Kanpur. 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 from tanneries is channeled onto nearby farmland in the Indian city of Kanpur. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst water pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • Water pollution in central Jakarta, Indonesia.
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