Preventing Future Bhopals
On Dec. 3, 1984, a chemical plant in Bhopal, India, released a cloud of poison gas.
Thousands died. Hundreds of thousands were injured.
The disaster alerted the world to the dangers of toxic substances.
Yet a quarter century after the Bhopal disaster, toxic chemicals still threaten lives in the developing world.
- Chemical spills poison Chinese rivers.
- Toxic waste sickens people in West Africa.
- In Bhopal, chemical contamination continues.
What can be done to safeguard the public in developing countries from toxic chemicals? Can consumers and investors in developed countries play a role?
In this World Science Forum, we talk to Henrik Selin.
He’s a professor of international relations at Boston University and author of the forthcoming book Global Governance of Hazardous Chemicals.
Listen to our interview with Selin. Download MP3, or listen here:
Now it’s your chance to ask the questions. Join our conversation with Henrik Selin.
- Has the U.S. unfairly exported its toxic risks to other countries?
- Selin says the World Trade Organization helps regulate the safety of products but not processes. Should that change?
- How can you ensure that the holiday gifts you buy don’t come from unsafe factories?