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Environmental justice and environmental racism

This is a topic-guide for environmental justice and environmental racism. Inside it you will find brief introductions to the topic, helpful videos, suggested readings, and links to Iowa State University Library resources.

Famous Cases

Bhopal Union Carbide Plant Disaster

The Bhopal disaster is frequently referred to as the worst industrial disaster of all time. In December 1984 tons of toxic gas were accidentally released from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, resulting in thousands of deaths and widespread illness and pollution lasting decades. The hardest hit areas were (and continue to be) the slums immediately adjacent to the plant.

Suggested resources

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Erin Thomas
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Iowa State University
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