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Disaster Areas

  • Chernobyl: Topic Page
    Town in northern Ukraine, 100 km/62 mi north of Kiev; site of a former nuclear power station.
  • Love Canal: Topic Page
    Section of Niagara Falls, N.Y., that formerly contained a canal that was used as chemical disposal site.
  • Three Mile Island
    From The Reader's Companion to American History
    An unlikely series of mechanical and human errors in Unit 2 of the nuclear generating plant at Three Mile Island, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1979 resulted in an accident that profoundly affected the utility industry.

Pollution

  • Pollution: Topic Page
    The concept of pollution consists of the inappropriate or undesirable mixing of items or elements that may in themselves be quite appropriate or desirable.
  • Air Pollution: Topic Page
    Contamination of the air by noxious gases and minute particles of solid and liquid matter (particulates) in concentrations that endanger health.
  • Noise Pollution: Topic Page
    Human-created noise harmful to health or welfare.
  • Nuclear Waste: Topic Page
    The radioactive and toxic by-products of the nuclear energy and nuclear weapons industries.
  • Oil Spills: Topic Page
    Oil discharged from an ocean-going tanker, pipeline, or oil installation, often as a result of damage.
  • Smog: Topic Page
    Smog (smŏg) [smoke+fog], dense, visible air pollution. Smog is commonly of two types.
  • Water Pollution: Topic Page
    Contamination of water resources by harmful wastes; see also sewerage, water supply, pollution, and environmentalism.

Threats to the Environment

  • Acid Rain: Topic Page
    Acidic precipitation thought to be caused mainly by the release into the atmosphere of sulphur dioxide (SO2) and oxides of nitrogen.
  • Deforestation: Topic Page
    Destruction of forest for timber, fuel, charcoal burning, and clearing for agriculture and extractive industries, such as mining.
  • Global Warming: Topic Page
    Increase in average global temperature, amounting to approximately 0.74°C/1.3°F from 1906 to 2005.
  • Hunting: Topic Page
    Act of seeking, following, and killing wild animals for consumption or display.
  • Soil Erosion: Topic Page
    Wearing away and redistribution of the Earth's soil layer.
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