Image: Lu Guang/Greenpeace
It’s hard to ignore cancer sufferer Chen Guokang’s shockingly yellowed eyes.
The Chinese village of Yanglingang could perhaps stake a reasonable claim to being one of the deadliest places on Earth. After all, just waking up and breathing there is enough to potentially shorten one’s lifespan – this thanks to the settlement’s position close to a power plant, which ominously belches out clouds of fumes. Re-hydrating, too, seems equally unsafe, for a nearby paper mill tips its waste into the Yangtze river, the village’s principal source of water.