Taranto's Deadly Dust

Posted on December 13, 2012
taranto1.jpg Photograph by Guy Martin/Panos

The southern Italian port city of Taranto is home to Europe’s largest steel plant, the Ilva steelworks. Ilva accounts for 30 percent of Italy’s steel production and some 12,000 jobs in a city where unemployment has reached 33 percent. It is also a source of extreme pollution that has set off a conflict in the city of 190,000. Pictured, smoke and fire from one of the plant’s seven blast furnaces light up the night sky over the Tamburi district of Taranto.

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