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Southern Italy from Bari to Taranto

40.5N 17.2E

March 15th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Italy - February 18th, 2010

Italy - February 18th, 2010

This orthorectified image of Apulia in southern Italy stretches from Taranto, on the shores of the Gulf of Taranto (below) to Bari, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea (above).

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.

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