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Slideshow: Ecological Disasters

Author: Toni Johnson
Producer: Hagit Ariav

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill involving Britain's BP marks the latest instance of an industrial disaster pitting companies from one country against citizens and governments of another. This slideshow provides a chronology of ten major instances in which multinational corporations were involved in industrial incidents, and their legal and regulatory aftermath.

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Japan's Nuclear Dilemma

Charles D. Ferguson interviewed by Toni Johnson

One year after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Japan is facing a dilemma of how to clean up the disaster and how to meet current and future energy needs, says expert Charles D. Ferguson, even as the global nuclear industry continues to face the accident's aftershocks.

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Japan's Crisis for Nuclear Power

Charles Ferguson interviewed by Toni Johnson

An extraordinary series of events has caused Japanís nuclear crisis but it appears backup safety systems were flawed, says nuclear expert Charles Ferguson. He expects the disaster to slow some nuclear projects elsewhere but not cause a wholesale stoppage.

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Holbrooke: Pakistan Aid Inadequate

Richard C. Holbrooke interviewed by Jayshree Bajoria

The international response to Pakistan's flood disaster has been inadequate so far, says Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special representative to the country. He says Washington is contacting international governments and is sending more aid, including helicopters to assist in relief efforts.

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A Chilling Response to Gulf Oil Spill

Jack Coleman interviewed by Toni Johnson

The Obama administration has overreacted to the Gulf oil spill by suspending most new offshore drilling and moving to expand liabilities for future accidents, with implications for U.S. energy security, says Jack Coleman, an energy industry official and legal expert.

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