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  • Hungary toxic sludge reaches Danube River: Top 10 environmental disasters worldwide

    Hungary toxic sludge reaches Danube River: Top 10 environmental disasters worldwide

    The toxic sludge now covering 15 square miles of Hungary and seeping into the Danube River is a serious environmental disaster whose severity and long-term consequences are still unclear. Will the release of the 35 million cubic feet of alumina refining waste become one of the Top 10 manmade environmental disasters of the past century?

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  • Hungary toxic sludge reaches Danube River: Top 10 environmental disasters worldwide

    Hungary toxic sludge reaches Danube River: Top 10 environmental disasters worldwide

    The toxic sludge now covering 15 square miles of Hungary and seeping into the Danube River is a serious environmental disaster whose severity and long-term consequences are still unclear. Will the release of the 35 million cubic feet of alumina refining waste become one of the Top 10 manmade environmental disasters of the past century?

  • In Pictures Companies that have paid big for environmental disasters

    TVA Kingston Fossil Plant (coal fly ash pond)-Dec. 22, 2008: Ash dike ruptured at a waste containment area in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, Tenn., releasing 1.1 billion gallons of toxic coal fly ash slurry, the largest such release in U.S. history, which spilled into the Emory River. Estimated costs to clean are $525 million-$825 million, as cleanup is ongoing. (Source: TVA, EPA)

  • After oil spill cleanup, will we tighten the laws?

    After oil spill cleanup, will we tighten the laws?

    As the BP oil spill cleanup continued last week, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) proposed new legislative action that would raise the BP's liability. Are we entering a new era of increased regulation?

  • The Monitor's View Why the Gulf oil spill demands more than new regulations

    Just trying to prevent similar human-caused natural disasters with more government rules doesn't get to the deeper need for humans to act even more morally in a complex, high-tech world.

  • In Pictures Big Environmental Disasters

    The Dust Bowl. During the 1930s, a period of severe dust storms engulfed the American and Canadian prairie lands. The cause: a severe drought coupled with decades of land misuse that left topsoil susceptible to the wind. The so called "black blizzards" forced hundreds of thousands of people in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Minnesota to abandon their farms, exacerbating the dire economic conditions of the Great Depression. This image shows a dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas, on April 18, 1935.

  • EPA adds 10 sites to the Superfund list

    EPA adds 10 sites to the Superfund list

    The EPA added 10 sites to the Superfund priority list this week and eight more to its waiting list.

  • Environmentalists send their wish list to Obama

    Environmentalists send their wish list to Obama

    Twenty-eight green groups compile 359 pages of suggestions, hoping for a green revival post-Bush.