In 1976 it looked like a good idea: divert the waters of the Danube into a salt-water lagoon on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast. But the result has been a human and environmental disaster on an epic scale.
With 300,000 hectares of forests, fields and steppes damaged by fire, the war in Ukraine has done huge damage to the country’s environment. But there has been an upside: a new green spirit is taking root.
Ukraine’s Priazovskii National Park epitomises the problems faced by the world’s natural areas. And that’s not to mention the war.
For decades Youngstown, Ohio, was one of the great centers of U.S. steel manufacturing. Then the industry collapsed and jobs disappeared. Now, shale gas is reviving the city’s hopes – and fears.
There are thousands of lost oil and gas wells scattered across Pennsylvania, the industrial legacy of a previous era. Now, someone is looking for them.