I care about the environment. At least I think I do. But several years ago, I realized that for all my supposed interest, I'd never really seen an environmental problem with my own eyes.
Spurred on by this embarrassing fact, I set out on a grand tour to see (and touch and smell and taste) the world's most degraded, despoiled, and ruined environments. Thus was pollution tourism born: a new kind of travel for the environmentally-minded adventurer.
Once you start thinking like a pollution tourist, though, the world becomes something of a candy store. The unfortunate possibilities are endless.
Here, then, is my itinerary: the most polluted—or most interestingly polluted—destinations in the world. Dive in for excerpts, information, maps, pictures, and more.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The Amazon Rainforest
Guiyu & Linfen