01 Jan '12, 8am

Environmental Disasters of 2011: Oil spills around the globe contaminated oceans and put marine life at risk. A

Environmental Disasters of 2011: Oil spills around the globe contaminated oceans and put marine life at risk. A

And just a few days before Christmas, the Philippines woke up to horrific news of sudden flash floods that occurred overnight in the Mindanao area. More than 1,200 people were killed as waters rose to 11 feet in less than an hour, brought on by heavy and sudden rainfall. Another thousand residents were reported missing in the aftermath. Entire towns were transformed into muddy ghost towns, as at least a hundred thousand people were evacuated from the sites. Residents tried to celebrate Christmas beside mass graves prepared for the unclaimed victims. Again, the area was not one to experience tropical cyclones in the nation’s history. Illegal logging is also being investigated as an additional cause to the environmental disaster.

Full article: http://www.theenvironmentalblog.org/2012/01/environmental...

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