Interestingly enough, natural disasters can lead to the spread of toxins by unkept institutions or facilities that are not structurally sound enough to withstand unordinary weather conditions. A week ago, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania experienced an immense exposure to toxins when a flood from heavy rainfall rose to such a level that it mixed with antigenic poisons from several sewage processing plants and spread that waste around the city.
It is also not uncommon that oil companies have minor and major accidents that cause the spread of toxins. In July an oil spill leaked into the Yellowstone River. The second link below leads to an interview with a farmer with first-hand experience of the extent of the disaster at the Yellowstone River, as it intersects with his land.
Just this last year, an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, dumping millions of gallons of oil into the ocean. This spill has been called by some as the worst oil spill to ever have occurred, taking months to control and stop. The health effects were dire for many plant and animal life, creating an environmental catastrophe. It’s important to try and make sure that events like these don’t happen in the future, and continued effort to help the wildlife that has been effected by these spills is greatly appreciated.
For more information on how you can help, visit The International Bird Rescue Research Center at http://www.ibrrc.org/donate_online.html.
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