Environmental disasters

Huge toxic plume spreading through the Middle East

A fire at a sulfur mine and processing facility near Mosul, Iraq is emitting tremendous quantities of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere for the sixth day in a row. If this fire was a volcano, it would already be among the largest eruptions of 2016. NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites first detected the heat signature of the fire at Al-Mishraq facility ...

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Major tailings dam failure in China’s Henan Province

Major tailings dam failure in China’s Henan Province

Two villages in China’s Henan Province were covered in red mud containing toxic heavy metals after a waste pond dam collapsed on August 8, 2016, releasing 2 million cubic meters of aluminum production byproducts.  The toxic waste pond was located in Dahegou Village, home to around 300 people in Henan’s Luoyang. According to local newspaper reports, the dam wall suddenly broke and ...

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Treasure Coast algal bloom prompts state of emergency, Florida

Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Florida’s Martin and St. Lucie counties following the presence of algal blooms in local waterways. The executive order was signed Wednesday, June 29, 2016. It allows state and local governmental agencies to take swift action to mitigate the spread of algal blooms in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries by redirecting ...

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