A bleak sight greets visitors when arriving in the small Russian town of Karabash. A legacy of environmental destruction once earned it the reputation as one of the most polluted towns in the world.
Karabash, located in Russia’s southern Chelyabinsk oblast, is home to a large copper smelter. A century of toxic fumes and chemical waste from the plant has left the landscape devastated. And it is the residents who have suffered the brunt of the consequences.