Southern Italy from Bari to Taranto40.5N 17.2E
Taranto is an important commercial and military port. It has well-developed steel and iron foundries, oil refineries, chemical works, some shipyards for building warships, and food-processing factories.
As a consequence of the poisons discharged into the air by the factories on its territory, Taranto is the most polluted city in Italy and western Europe. As a matter of fact, only 7% of Taranto’s pollution is inhabitants-related: 93% is factories-related.
Every year Taranto’s inhabitants inhale 2.7 carbon monoxide tons and 57.7 carbon dioxide tons. The latest data provided by the INES, the Italian National Institute of Emissions and Their Sources, confirm that Taranto is comparable to the Chinese Linfen and the Romanian Copşa Mică, the most polluted cities in the world due to factory emissions.