Chernobyl Disaster
Alla Yaroshinskaya on Helping Victims of Chernobyl

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On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (then part of the USSR), experienced a catastrophic nuclear accident in which an explosion and fire released radioactive particles into the atmosphere. The Chernobyl disaster is the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, both in terms of cost … Continue reading

2012 Dhaka fire
Dhaka Garment Factory Fire: Who is Responsible?

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On November 24, 2012, a fire engulfed a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At least 120 people were killed when they were unable to escape the enflamed building. Scott Nova explains how working conditions in Bangladesh made this tragedy both predicable and hopefully preventable.

RMS Titanic
Robert Ballard on His Roundabout Titanic Discovery


Dr. Robert Ballard recalls his excitement on the day he found the wreckage of the RMS Titanic in 1985 during a joint French-American expedition led by Jean-Louis Michel of Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (IFREMER) and his crew from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Ballard on … Continue reading

Agent Orange
The Weapon That Outlived the War

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Vietnamese doctors and civilians discuss the ongoing impact of Agent Orange on the country 35 years after the end of the Vietnam War. Although the United States used the herbicide Agent Orange to kill the crops of communist insurgents, the chemical mixture has had devastating effects on the people who … Continue reading

2010 Copiapó Mining Accident
Relatives Await Outcome of Chilean Miners


During the 2010 Copiapó mining accident, relatives speak on hearing the shocking news of the cave-in on August 5, 2010 at the San Jose copper and gold mine in Chile: “I felt rage and pain and frustration. I thought, ‘How can they be trapped like that?’ They are not animals. … Continue reading

2010 Copiapó Mining Accident
The Heroes of the Mining Incident

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Jeff Hart, Matt Staffel, Doug Reeves and Jorge Herrera are all drillers that helped to rescue the 33 miners trapped underground during 2010′s Copiapó mining incident that took place in Chile. Here, a reporter interviews the four men on various aspects of their rescue mission. They discuss the type of … Continue reading

2010 Copiapó Mining Accident
The Last Miner Rescued in Chile


Luis Urzua, the last miner rescued after the 2010 Copiapó Mining incident in Chile, is shown speaking with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. Piñera welcomes Urzua back and gives a celebratory speech as all 33 miners were safely rescued. The president wraps-up the speech by leading the group of onlookers in … Continue reading

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
[TEXT] Exxon Valdez Oil Disaster 25 Years Later


Author: Dennis Takahashi-Kelso “The auditorium crackled with tension; the audience, including many fishermen—who for years had opposed the shipping of oil by tanker and who felt that their livelihoods were at stake—were angry and frightened. It reminded me that a big oil spill is always a human crisis, not just … Continue reading