Humans and the Environment-Making an Impact

Chernobyl Disaster

  • The Chernobyl Disaster was caused by poor technology and humanities mistakes
  • The result was an explosion that sent 5% of the radioactive reactor core into the atmosphere
  • The radiation levels are still high and yet it became a tourist attraction

Acid Rain

  • Acid rain is formed by acidic gases
  • The gases can also become acid snow
  • Acid rain kills plant and animal life, damages stonework and pollutes water

BP Oil Spill in 2010

  • The cause of the spill was a wellhead blowout
  • An sea floor oil gusher flowed for 87 days before it was finally capped on July 15, 2010
  • 11 men went missing, presumably dead in the explosion
  • It effected sea-life and the spill is still not fully cleaned

Hurricane Matthew

  • The death total in the U.S. had rose to 38 after Hurricane Matthew left
  • Over 110,000 people in North Carolina were powerless
  • The weather service says it will be more devastating than any¬†Hurricane in decades

2011 Japanese Tsunami

  • The tsunami was created by a magnitude-9 earthquake
  • 15,894 people were killed, 6,152 were injured, and 2,562 were missing
  • Debris started showing up along North American coasts
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