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As a child, Fidan Karimova went for a swim that would change the trajectory of her life.

“I went swimming in the Caspian Sea,” the native of Baku, Azerbaijan, recalls. “It was a lovely time — a great day. But when I came out of the water, there was black soot all over my body. That was from the oil.” The “oil” refers to the massive pollution in the Caspian from, among other sources, oil extraction and refineries. “At that point, I realized that that’s not normal. It’s definitely not something you want on a child’s body…”

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