The first anniversary of the war in Ukraine has passed, and its effects on the people and the environment will last for generations to come. Thousands of people have been killed, millions displaced, and ecosystems degraded. Water systems and farmlands are polluted, threatening not just Ukraine but neighboring countries.
Removal of an unexploded FAB-500 bomb that was dropped on a nine-story residential building in Kharkiv by a Russian aircraft in March 2022. Pyrotechnicians unscrewed the fuse but they could not remove the bomb due to ongoing shelling. | Credit: State Emergency Service of Ukraine
More than three weeks after the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, there are new concerns over possible contamination from a chemical that can stay in the environment for a long time. People near the area where tanker cars carrying vinyl chloride were burned could have been exposed to a group of toxic compounds called dioxins.
Norfolk Southern contractors removing a burned tank car (benzene, residual) from the crash site | Credit: Environmental Protection Agency
William Shakespeare’s works are timeless and universal because his characters and themes are part of the human experience from love, death, and jealousy to ambition, power, and…environmentalism?
Credit: University of Huddersfield
Clowns, take notice! Starting in 2024, balloons will be prohibited in Laguna Beach, California, because for that seaside community, plastic pollution is no laughing matter.
Credit: Ocean Conservation Society