Cubatão sunset

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© Quintin Lake
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In the early 1980s, Cubatão, Brazil was one of the most polluted cities in the world, nicknamed "Valley of Death", due to births of brainless children and respiratory, hepatic and blood illnesses. High air pollution was killing forest over hills around the city. It's a rich town with a poor population. It was ranked the top ten dirtiest cities in the world by Popular Science.

Hard providences were taken to diminish pollution in the city, costing $1.2 billion so far. Although things have improved a lot, it is impossible to clean completely the soil and underground water and while many large industries continue to work in such a small area, there will always be some pollution.

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