List of environmental disasters


List of environmental disasters

This page is a list of environmental disaster

Industrial and agricultural disasters

* Extinction of American megafauna
* Extinction of Australian megafauna
* Salinization of the Fertile Crescent
* Deforestation of Easter Island
* The Dust Bowl in the United States (1934-1939)
* Minamata disease - mercury poisoning in Japan (1950s & 1960s)
* Itai-itai disease, due to cadmium poisoning in Japan
* Love Canal toxic waste site
* Seveso disaster (1976), chemical plant explosion, caused highest known exposure to 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) in residential populations
* Bhopal disaster (1984)
* Sandoz chemical spill into the Rhine river (1986)
* The Ok Tedi Environmental Disaster in Papua New Guinea by mining operations
* Destruction of the old growth forests
* Exxon Valdez oil spill (1989)
* United States Environmental Protection Agency Superfund sites in the United States
* AZF Explosion at a Toulouse chemical factory (2001)
* 2005 Jilin chemical plant explosions
* The Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens sites in the city of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, known as the largest toxic waste site in North America.
* Release of lead dust into Esperance Harbour.
* Release of cyanide, heavy metals and acid into the Alamosa River, Colorado from the Summitville mine, causing the death of all marine life within a 17 mile radius.
* Release of 20,000 gallons of lethal chemicals (metam sodium, tradename Vapam) into the Upper Sacramento River near Dunsmuir, causing the death of all marine life within a 38 mile radius.
*The Great sparrow campaign; sparrows were eliminated from Chinese farms, which caused locusts to swarm the farms and resulted in a famine which killed 38 million people.

Nuclear disasters

* Chernobyl disaster
* Three Mile Island accident
* Windscale fire
*"See:" List of civilian nuclear accidents
*"See:" List of military nuclear accidents
*"See:" List of civilian radiation accidents

Nuclear warfare

* Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Oil spills

"See:" List of oil spills

Ozone depletion in the Earth's stratosphere

"See:" Ozone depletion

Other

* Draining of the Al-Hawizeh marsh
* Reduction in the number of the American Bison
* Soviet Aral Sea mismanagement
* The Osborne Reef and other similar artificial reefs made of tires
* Introduction of infectious diseases by Europeans causing the death of indigenous people during European colonization of the Americas
* Introduction of the Nile perch into Lake Victoria in Africa, decimating indigenous fish species
* Climate change and global warming
* Rabbits in Australia
* Killer bees
* Marine debris
* Red imported fire ants

ee also

*List of environmental issues
*Environmental disaster
*Natural disaster
*Timeline of environmental events
*List of environment topics
*

External links

* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/november/1/newsid_4679000/4679789.stm Sandoz chemical spill]
* [http://www.gaiagonewild.com Environmental Disaster Videos]


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