Evolving Environmental Risks From Wilder Weather


PUBLISHED ON: June 21, 2011

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The serious environmental damage from recent natural disasters such as the earthquake in Japan, tornadoes and flooding in the heartland states and wild fires out West may not be readily apparent. More traditional environmental damage caused when potentially hazardous materials inadvertently are released during natural and man-made disasters often is overshadowed by more immediate concerns like loss of life or released radiation. Nonetheless, over the longer term, this environmental contamination could have equally as profound consequences.