Top Ten Potential Environmental Disasters

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6. Greenhouse Effect


The greenhouse effect by itself is good for the earth. It is the process of the heating of the surface of the earth due to the presence of gases that absorb and trap heat. However, now due to global warming and climate change this effect is being enhanced leading to increased temperatures and changes in the ecological systems.


7. Plastic Bags

Plastic Bags

This all pervasive material has invaded every part of our lives. These bags are found everywhere and about 10 million of them are disposed of as waste every day. They are not biodegradable and they can take a long time to degenerate. They are clogging our drains and our rivers and our trash sites and are harming our soil and water and air.


8. Oil Spills

Oil Spills

The huge oil tankers sailing across the seas are a disasters waiting to happen. We have seen the effect oils spill have on our seas and marine life. These spills can take months to a year to clean up. We need to have a disaster management process in place to take quick action whenever this occurs.


9. Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

This is a huge swirling mass of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean. Often termed as the world’s largest garbage dump, its size is increasing steadily as it collects more garbage from the ships and from land based sources.


10. Radioactive Waste Disposal

Radioactive Waste Disposal

An increasing number of nuclear power plants in the world has made this one of the potentially most daunting environmental disasters. Chernobyl has taught us how much damage a disaster like this can cause.

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