The water didn’t look right, didn’t smell right, didn’t taste right. People were breaking out. They had skin rashes, and people had hair falling out.
Streets in parts of the Lebanese capital turned into rivers of garbage as heavy rains washed through mountains of rubbish that have piled up during a months-long waste collection crisis.
Cameron accuses foreign leaders such as President Gaddafi and President Assad of supposedly using chemicals on their own people as a justification for regime change, but he is doing precisely that here in Britain by forcing toxic, life-threatening fracking chemicals on his own people against the advice of his own chief scientist.
More than 2,000 people died from eating contaminated seafood from the area, with thousands more suffered life-long damage.
It would take years before the Chisso Corporation admitted their role in the poisoning of the environment.
Scientists keeping tabs on the eastward voyage of radioactive byproducts from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power-station disaster in Japan suggest that radioactivity from the byproducts should peak off the US and Canadian coasts by the end of next year.
The most profound lesson I’ve learned from the Lego story is that things that go to the bottom of the sea don’t always stay there.
Eight years before the first Earth Day, in 1962, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a scientific book decrying the abuse wreaked on nature by chemical companies careless use of pesticides, fueled the start of the environmental movement.
Fifty-two years later, we still struggle to find harmony between our obsession over progress and nature’s capacity to keep up with this unbridled hunger. The question is whether all this advancement is necessary, or if it is simply a psychosis, a disorder we’ve let run wild far too long and that should be reined in before we lose our grip with reality.
“My family is breathing horrible fumes, we can’t enjoy our property and we’re trapped because no one else wants to live here. To protect our homes and our health, we’ve got no choice but to ban fracking.”
All this waste is going underground for years, and then one day people start noticing their well water turning sometimes orange, sometimes black. The water stinks.
“We don’t know that the water’s not safe, but I can’t say it is safe”
“A big international oil company is breaking the law because nobody’s looking. And taking economic advantage of the law by cheating”
Hundreds of oil spills occur in Nigeria every year, causing significant harm to the environment, destroying local livelihoods and placing human health at serious risk. These spills are caused by corrosion, poor maintenance of oil infrastructure, equipment failure, sabotage and theft of oil. For the last decade oil companies in Nigeria – in particular Shell – have defended the scale of pollution by claiming that the vast majority of oil spills are caused by sabotage and theft of oil.
There is no legitimate basis for this claim.
Lawyers representing victims of a cholera epidemic in Haiti have filed a lawsuit against the United Nations at a court in New York. They say UN peacekeepers introduced cholera to Haiti in 2010. The disease killed more than 8,000 people and made hundreds of thousands sick. The UN says it has legal immunity.
“We have similar amounts of plastic particles in the sediment of the lake’s ecosystem as we find in marine ecosystems.”
“If there is one thing that I have discovered by studying the ocean, it is that it is greatly imperiled – it is treated both as humanity’s waste bin and its fast food joint”
“Our biggest concern right now is if some of the other isotopes such as strontium 90 which tend to be more mobile, get through these sediments in the ground water. They are entering the oceans at levels that then will accumulate in seafood and will cause new health concerns.”
Japan’s nuclear watchdog has said the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is facing a new “emergency” caused by a build-up of radioactive groundwater.
Its operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), has been criticised heavily for its lack of transparency over the leaks.
Tepco’s “sense of crisis is weak,” Shinji Kinjo, the head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority task force said. “This is why you can’t just leave it up to Tepco alone”.
“I’m very concerned, I didn’t think this spill would impact tourism in such an extreme way”