Brazil: A Dirty Scum On Polluted Water

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Vultures gather to eat the carcass of a dog (not pictured) at Bica beach, on the banks of the Guanabara Bay, with the Sugar Loaf mountain in background, 500 days ahead the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro March 24, 2015. As part of its Olympic bid, Rio promised to clean up 80 percent of the bay for the games. But local government officials have already admitted that a cleanup by 2016 is not achievable. Despite millions of dollars of investment over the years, the bay still stinks of sewage. Sailors who visited the city for test events complained of a floating sofa and a dead dog in the water. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

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Vultures gather to eat waste at Bica beach, on the banks of the Guanabara Bay, with the Sugar Loaf mountain in background, 500 days ahead the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro March 24, 2015. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

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Vultures gather to eat waste in Bica beach, on the banks of the Guanabara Bay, with the Sugar Loaf mountain in background, 500 days ahead the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro March 24, 2015. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

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This aerial view shows polluted water flowing from the Barra channel to the Barra beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 23, 2015. Rio de Janeiro’s mayor acknowledged in a television interview Monday that the run-up to the 2016 games has proven a “wasted opportunity” to clean up the city’s blighted waterways. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

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A man walks on the shore of Icarai Beach in Niteroi, across the bay from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 23, 2015. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

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Small boats sit on the shore of Guanabara Bay near the suburb of Sao Goncalo, across the bay from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 23, 2015. Authorities promised in Rio’s winning bid to drastically clean up the pollution in Guanabara bay, cutting it by 80 percent. But with 500 days left before the games, experts say efforts have had little impact on the garbage and sewage pollution of the waters where sailing, swimming and other aquatic events will take place. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

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This aerial view show the polluted water channels that rim the Barra neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 23, 2015. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

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A man walks on the shore of Icarai Beach in Niteroi, across the bay from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 23, 2015. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

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This aerial view shows the littered shore of a water channel that flows into the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 23, 2015. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

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This aerial view show the polluted water channel that rims the Barra neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 23, 2015. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

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This aerial view shows a boat dumping oil in the waters of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 23, 2015. Rio de Janeiro’s mayor said in a television interview Monday that authorities “should have been able to achieve the goal” of cleaning up Guanabara Bay, where the Olympic sailing events are to be held. He added, “It is indeed a wasted opportunity”. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

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A polluted channel runs through the Rio das Pedras shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 23, 2015. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

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