On NPR this morning there was a report on natural gas fires in Nigera as one of the greatest contributors to environmental damageÂ — including global warming.
The first picture is from space, where you can see the natural gas flares…Â
When drilling for oil, thereÂ are often natural gas pockets in the earth that can either be stored (and sold) or just burned offÂ — which is what they doÂ in Nigera because natural gas is not as profitable as oil.
This map is a composite of the growth of natural gas flares in Nigeria. The amount of acid rain that falls in the regions affected by the amount of pollution in the air is quite large.Â If you don’t know the effects of acid rain, just add some sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides to a bucket of water and then use in your garden.
And if you want to see where race, classÂ gender, and the environmentÂ come together in one place withÂ devastating consequences,Â just look at this slide showÂ from the National Geographic. Â