El agua de Bhopal todavía es tóxica, 25 años después de mortal escape de gas

Indra Sinha, Randeep Ramesh y George Monbiot, The Guardian, 9 de octobre de 2010

Alrededor de la medianoche del 2 de diciembre de 1984, unas 40 toneladas de gases tóxicos envenenaron a los ciudadanos de Bhopal, India, una urbe del centro del país con más de 500.000 habitantes, en el peor desastre industrial de la historia. Los gases venenosos fueron vertidos en el aire nocturno, en un escape largamente previsto, por una planta química de insecticidas, en gran parte abandonada, de la corporación estadounidense Unión Carbide [“Unión Carburo”], ahora Dow Chemical.

Por negligencia y fallas de equipamiento escaparon gases de isocianato metílico, fosgeno, y otros altamente tóxicos, que mataron inmediatamente a un estimado de 8.000 personas. El número de víctimas mortales, atribuido a que “era de noche”, aumentó en las semanas y meses siguientes a 20.000 personas. Otros cientos de miles sufrieron daños, en muchos casos permanentes, como ceguera y afecciones del pulmón, hígado, riñón y sistema inmunológico. El Consejo Indio de Investigación Médica [ICMR, por su sigla en inglés] concluyó que más de 520.000 personas expuestas adquirieron venenos en su circulación sanguínea, causantes de diversos grados de daño a casi todos los sistemas de su organismo. Continue lendo

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Industrial Accidents and Global Inequity: Bhopal and BP

The Bhopal and BP disasters – spaced a quarter of a century apart – contain a number of lessons for those working to promote global justice. Corporate wrongdoers should be held fully accountable, both in terms of financial responsibility and for the actions of their executives

by Justin Frewen, Share the World’s Resources (STWR), September 14, 2010

Almost 26 years ago a poisonous cloud of methyl isocyanate poured forth from the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India. On the night of 3rd December, 1984, some 4,000 people lost their lives and a further 300,000 were injured.

The people of Bhopal received no warning as the choking, toxic fumes descended upon them out of the dark night. The plant´s safety systems failed to work and no alarm was given. Some of the victims died directly from the poisonous fumes while others lay in the streets submerged beneath the tidal panic that rose up to drag them under as they fled the invisible gases. A 2004 Amnesty report calculated that the total death toll had by then risen to 22,000. Continue lendo

The Killing Fields of Multi-National Corporations

Pesticides, Pollution and the Economies of Genocide

Vandana Shiva, The Asian Age, July 19, 2010

The Bhopal gas tragedy was the worst industrial disaster in human history. Twenty-five thousand people died, 500,000 were injured, and the injustice done to the victims of Bhopal over the past 25 years will go down as the worst case of jurisprudence ever. Continue lendo

Transgénicos y crimen organizado

Silvia Ribeiro, La Jornada, 3 de julio de 2010

Todas las semillas transgénicas en el mundo son controladas por seis empresas: Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont, Dow, Bayer y Basf. Son todas transnacionales químicas que se apropiaron de las compañías de granos para controlar el mercado agrícola, vendiendo semillas casadas con los agrotóxicos que ellas producen (herbicidas, insecticidas, etcétera). Continue lendo

What About Compensation for Bhopal?

Demands for a $20bn fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill sit uncomfortably with US attitudes to the Union Carbide disaster in India

Joan Smith, The Independent, June 20, 2010

Moral outrage is seldom a pretty sight. When BP’s chief executive Tony Hayward appeared before a Congressional investigation into the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there was little he could say to placate angry members of the energy sub-committee. Most of the committee members had turned up to take part in a ritual denunciation, a modern version of putting someone in the stocks, and Hayward remained for the most part impassive as the rancid eggs rained down. Continue lendo

Bhopal: 8 Are Guilty After 25 Years

Legal Failure in Bhopal Bodes Poorly for Corporate Accountability in BP Oil Disaster

Bridget Hanna, CommonDreams.org, June 7, 2010

Since April 20, people around the world have watched in horror as BP scrambles unsuccessfully to seal their deepwater oil gusher. While the technological responses to the disaster have been tragicomic, the political response has been a chorus of “lessons learned” delivered in tones alternately righteous (Obama), bumbling (the EPA), and evasive (BP). As BP chairman Lamar McKay demurred in testimony last month, “I think we’re learning right now as we go.” News from central India this morning, however, ought to remind everyone how disingenuous this dissembling is. Continue lendo