Тайные экологические катастрофы в Ираке

После падения режима Саддама Хусейна в Ираке многие ужасы, имевшие место во время его правления, перестали быть тайной. Но не только люди подверглись жестокому обращению со стороны диктаторского режима - его жертвой оказалась и природа Ирака.

В результате массового отравления метиловой ртутью в начале 1970-х годов в Ираке, предположительно, погибло десять тысяч человек, и еще сто тысяч получили тяжелые повреждения мозга. Режиму Саддама по большей части удалось скрыть произошедшее от мирового сообщества.

Проблема возникла в конце 1960-х - начале 1970-х годов после целого ряда неурожайных годов в Ираке. Это был период начала «зеленой революции», и правительство Ирака решило импортировать «чудесную пшеницу» из Мексики. Однако существовала опасность, что без обработки фунгицидом семена могли заплесневеть во время долгой транспортировки морским путем в Ирак. Самым дешевым на тот момент фунгицидом оказалась метиловая ртуть, поскольку незадолго до этого ее использование было запрещено в Скандинавских странах и в некоторых штатах США из-за экологической и токсикологической опасности этого вещества. Так что мировой рынок был заполнен этим фунгицидом, что и вызвало значительное падение цен.

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