The water around the defunct Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India is not fit for consumption, according to a report from the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, NDTV reported. The report was filed with India’s Supreme Court, which has been petitioned to order the disposal of chemical waste left in the plant after the 1984 disaster.
A recent wave of floods has left tens of thousands of people homeless in Pakistan, BBC News reported. It is the third consecutive year that major floods have hit the country, though this year’s floods are not as severe as those in 2010.
Flooding rivers in Nigeria cut off a major highway over the weekend, stranding travelers who have been forced to sell their possessions for food, according to United Press International.
Energy and Fracking
France’s president may be forced to rethink the country’s ban on hydraulic fracturing due to increasing political and economic pressure, Reuters reported.
Montana ranchers are worried about the effect renewed coal mining activities, driven by growing energy demand in Asia, could have on their water supplies, the Associated Press reported.
A United States federal judge dismissed a New York lawsuit that challenged proposed rules for natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin, which supplies 15 million people with water, Reuters reported. The judge said that the case was based on speculations that may not occur.