There have been many environmental cases brought to national courts worldwide but a very limited number of them have actually brought about true justice to the victims and proper redress to the harmed environment. Here are some highlights of cases deemed to be of ecocidal nature.

Agent Orange, 1961-1971, Vietnam

During the Vietnam War, the United States military, by way of Operation Ranch Hand, used a powerful herbicide called Agent Orange to destroy forest cover and crops to their military advantage. This herbicide is manufactured by Monsanto and as many as 20 million gallons were used in Vietnam, Cambodia and…

Ecocide in India – Bhopal 2-3 December 1984

The Bhopal disaster occurred in 1984 due to state failure to monitor irregularities at Union Carbide Corporation. It has been called the “world’s worst industrial catastrophe”. Around 40 tonnes of methyl isocyanate gas leaked out of the Union Carbide of India Limited (UCIL) pesticide manufacturing plant at Bhopal in the…

Chernobyl 25-26 April 1986, former USSR now known as Ukraine

The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident caused by a flawed reactor design. 31 deaths were attributed directly to the explosion, while more than 300,000 people were evacuated. Shortly after this incident, there was a dramatic upsurge in prevalence of thyroid cancer, leukemia and cardiovascular diseases amongst those directly affected.…
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