Environmental challenges for communities in developing countries

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  • Created on: 30-10-16 16:21

Case study: Bhopal, India disaster 

Effects on human health: 

  • Respiratory disorders- irritation to lungs, causing coughing and/or shortness of breathing. Higher exposure casued build up of fluids. Caused asthma. 
  • Cancer hazard- caused mutation (genetic changes) and cancer. 
  • Reproductive hazard- association between exposure to gas and miscarriages. May damage growing fetus. May also affect fertility in men and women. 
  • After effect- toxins found in breast milk of mothers and transmitted to babies. 

Toxic materials in soil and water: 

  • Lead, nickel, copper, chromium in soil samples.
  • Mecury found between 20,000 to 6,000,000 times the standard level in soil. 

Compensation and legal aspects:

  • Paid $470 million 
  • Twenty years of passiveness
  • DOW refused Union Carbide's…


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