Remembering recent environmental disasters in Brazil

environmental disaster brumadinho
The mud has taken over Brumadinho

The collapse of the iron ore tailings dam in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, has already claimed 84 lives, making it the deadliest environmental disaster of its type in the world in over 30 years. With 276 still missing and the chances of finding any more survivors becoming increasingly remote, Friday’s tragedy could even overtake the notorious 1985 Val di Stava dam collapse in Italy, which resulted in a death toll of 268.

Besides the human tragedy, the Brumadinho dam failure is also set to cause a catastrophic environmental impact on the surrounding area. With millions of...

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