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Bhopal: Chemical Plant Accident
     

Bhopal: Chemical Plant Accident

by Nichol Bryan
 

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Death came at midnight for victims of a toxic gas leak in Bhopal, India, on December 3, 1984. The airborne leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant killed more than three thousand people and permanently injured thousands more. Explore the causes behind the world's deadliest industry-related environmental disaster and the ongoing efforts to deal with the human and

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Death came at midnight for victims of a toxic gas leak in Bhopal, India, on December 3, 1984. The airborne leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant killed more than three thousand people and permanently injured thousands more. Explore the causes behind the world's deadliest industry-related environmental disaster and the ongoing efforts to deal with the human and natural damage it caused.

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Bryan recounts the environmental disaster of 1984 when a toxic gas leak in Bhopal, India, killed more than 3,000 people and injured thousands more. In the introduction, Bryan explains how a leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant sent forty-six tons of gas into the environment. It was the worst industrial accident ever. Chapter one tells about the building of the plant in 1969 which local residents considered "beautiful." Although the danger of producing pesticides and poor plant safety was questioned, residents of Bhopal and surrounding areas were happy to have jobs at the plant. When the toxic gas shot up from the tank, terror erupted in Bhopal. A gas cloud hung over the land. Many people lost their sight, had damaged lungs and loss of brain function. Bryan does a good job of showing the consequences of such a disaster, long term health problems, and legal actions taken against Union Carbide. It took seven years to settle the case on behalf of the victims. Color photographs, sidebars, a time line, glossary, and further reading and information is included. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
— Della A. Yannuzzi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836855036
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Environmental Disasters Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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