The poisoning of the Ganges

India's holy river emerges from the Himalayas crystal clear. By its end, it's filled with industrial sludge, human waste, and decomposing corpses.

Hindu devotees gather to worship in the river Ganges in Patna, India.
(Image credit: REUTERS/Stringer)
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Kelly Gonsalves

Kelly Gonsalves is a sex and culture writer exploring love, lust, identity, and feminism. Her work has appeared at Bustle, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and more, and she previously worked as an associate editor for The Week. She's obsessed with badass ladies doing badass things, wellness movements, and very bad rom-coms.