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The brutal reality of life inside one of the world’s most polluted cities

In Quintero, oil leaks and pollution from heavy industry is taking a heavy toll on the health of local citizens. Now the fight is on to clean up one of Chile's so-called "sacrifice zones"

One morning in late August 2018, Carolina Astudillo was leaving her house in Quintero, a Chilean coastal town just two hours from Santiago, when she noticed a change in the air around her.

  • Naomi Larsson
  • Wired

As she reached the end of the block she was already coughing heavily.

She felt sick, a numbness in …

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