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Effects of Environmental Disasters

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Click on and read the Alaska Oil Spill Commission Report.

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Read the details of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India in the article entitled Union Carbide: Disaster at Bhopal

What do the two disasters have in common and how are the two disasters different? Who were the stakeholders in each incident? What should have been done to prevent these disasters?

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While the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the Bhopal plant disaster both led to great environmental contamination, one affected the waters and took no human lives, while the other took a large number of human lives and affected the air. Both incidents occurred as a result of lack of safeguards to prevent accidents in the respective industries. In the Exxon Valdez incident, Exxon defended itself in court as to why a crew of 16 was justified, compared to the former regulations requiring 40 (State of Alaska, 1990). The accident was ...

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This document compares and contrasts the effects of two different environmental disasters. A discussion of the varied effects on human life, the environment and air quality are included. In addition, the discussion includes the efforts to determine the appropriate compensation for human suffering and for clean up of the environment.