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40 Haunting Photos Of Environmental Pollution

These Heartbreaking Photos Will Give You A Reason To Recycle

We live in a wasteful society. Don’t try and deny it, you know it’s true. Whether you want to believe it or not — our wastefulness directly effects our environment and EVERYONE in it. We’ve rounded up some of the most shocking examples of the direct effects of pollution on wildlife and people that we could find, in the hopes that maybe we can all begin to take the steps towards a cleaner planet. After all, it is the only one we’ve got…

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Check out our slideshow to see why pollution is still a very big deal, and be careful! #8 might disturb you…

These Heartbreaking Photos Will Give You A Reason To Recycle

Pollution Is A Real Issue


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Over the last decade humans have produced 10 times as much plastic as we have in the last century, and each year we throw away enough of the material to circle the earth 4 times. Americans alone throw away approximately 35 billion water bottles a year, all of which are still in existence in some form or another as plastic takes anywhere from 500-1000 years to disintegrate. The moral of this story? We use way too much plastic and that needs to change, or we (and the environment) could be faced with some serious consequences.

Man’s Best Friend.

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A poor dog stands amidst the toxic fumes being emitted from coal mines in India.

Corseted Tortoise

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Seriously, cut up your plastic rings before tossing them in the can!

A Sea Of Trash

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is exactly what it sounds like: a giant floating patch of trash off the coast of California. How giant is this garbage patch, you ask? Twice the size of Texas.

No Swimming

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A boy swims through trash-filled waters in the Philippines, one of the most polluted nations in the world. Just imagine if all of that garbage had been recycled…

China’s Pollution “Red Alert”

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This woman must use a mask with a filter as Beijing’s air pollution levels reached levels more than 20 times higher than what’s considered “safe”.

This Is Not A Game.

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As the 2016 Olympic Games descend on Rio, the Brazilian government can’t deny that it has serious problem with pollution, with many athletes worried about harmful health implications caused by contaminated waters.

Waist Trainer

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While waist trainers may be all the rage among human women, the hourglass shape is not ideal for tortoises. Cut up your plastic six-pack rings, people, this is unacceptable.

Cause Of Death: Obvious


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This albatross ingested so much garbage, most likely via the fish he was eating, that his body simply couldn’t get rid of it, eventually leading to his death. Plastic makes up approximately 90% of the trash in the world’s oceans, oceans that contain approximately 5 trillion pieces of garbage in total.

There’s water under here somewhere…

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A child stands next to an actual river of trash in the Philippines.


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This brown pelican should be soaring over the Gulf of Mexico and the marshlands of Southern Louisiana, but instead is in a panic on the shore as the oil from the BP-Deepwater Horizon spill envelops him.

Mile High Trash

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Even Mount Everest needs a cleanup crew to scour it’s peak, the amount of waste left behind by climbers is appalling.

Help! I’m Stuck!

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When you don’t have thumbs to help out, it’s hard to get out of a sticky situation. About one million sea birds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed annually because of garbage in the ocean.

Stork Poncho

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Unfortunately this is not the latest trend in feathered fashion… Approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used every year across the world, thats about 1 million every hour.

Say NO To Bags!

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Why not opt for a reusable bag next time you head to the grocery store? You can help save the environment and look fashionable all at once!

Trash, trash everywhere…

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Clean up crews have quite a feat trying to keep up with all the waste humans dump into waterways.

Who Wants To Go For A Swim?

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Looks delightful!

Fish Graveyard

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If fish can’t even swim in Brazil’s polluted waters, how are the Olympics going to be held in Rio’s waterways?

Wading Through Waste

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Would you want to walk through this every time you had to find your family dinner?

Check Out These Swells, Brah!

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Even if you don’t give a fig for wildlife, have some compassion for the surfers. This is disgusting!

Don’t Drink The Water

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Here in the U.S. we tend to forget how fortunate we are to have running and DRINKABLE water.

Seriously, don’t drink it.

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Mining has contaminated one of southeast China’s biggest water sources, killing off fish and other wildlife.

When Rivers Run Red

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A spill from two illegal dye workshops turned this Chinese river into an apocalyptic nightmare, and an extremely toxic one at that. It is EXTREMELY important to dispose of your waste properly and safely, you never know who it might effect.

Out Of A Horror Film…

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Those aren’t Hollywood special effects. It’s as real as it gets.

What A View!

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This photographer has an interesting solution to the extreme air pollution plaguing Hong Kong, even if it is depressing…

London, Is That You?

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London’s famous “fog” is worse than ever.

Is That You, Paris?

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I think I can just make out the Eiffel Tower…

Air Pollution Is Terrible…

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…But it can be quite pretty at times.

Deep Green Sea

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China’s Yellow Sea was hit by the largest growth of algae ever seen back in 2013 due to rising ocean temperatures.

Deep Red Sea?

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If you thought China’s green algae was strange, that’s nothing compared to Australia’s red algae which is high in ammonia and can cause skin irritation.

Green Means Go, Blackout Means Stop

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A heavy smog enveloped China back in 2014 causing blackouts and traffic jams of epic proportions.

Oil, oil everywhere…

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Anyone who says drilling for oil in our oceans is perfectly safe needs to take a look at this poor bird. Seabirds are especially susceptible to the effects of oil spills as the oil forms a layer on the surface of the water where the birds spend most of their time. Once it gets into their feathers, say goodbye to flying.

Today’s Special: Dead Fish Stew

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Water pollution doesn’t just effect the fish…humans have to eat, too.

That’s Not Gravel…


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Nope, not a gravel road. That’s a solid mass of dead fish.

A Sticky Mess

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A man-made natural disaster.

Poor Guy…

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Another victim of drilling for oil in the ocean.

…And Again

2Bp70sVlEven animals that live far from civilization suffer the effects of oil pollution.

Nowhere To Call Home

mGQUfgvlA koala stands amidst the splinters of his former home after extensive deforestation in Australia. This just makes me want to cry.

The Price We Pay For Oil

QG63mtIlThe world runs on petroleum. It powers are vehicles and makes up our plastics and pharmaceuticals, but many people don’t realize how much our demand for more and more oil effects the environment and the people and animals in it. At what point will we realize our mistake? Or is it already too late?

I’ll have the fish…Or not.

oGrhY7dlWild life should not have to suffer because of our carelessness. How could anything survive in that sludge?

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