005 - Transboundary Pollution - Part 1

Syllabus Point

Describe (AO2) one major pollution event affecting more than one country and examine (AO3) the consequences of and responses to this event.

Key Terminology

  • Describe
  • Examine
  • Transboundary pollution
Define the words above using the command word posters in the classroom, your 'Geography Course Companion' by Nagle and Cooke and the links below.

Resources





Activity One - Emotions

Fortunately, we do not have many nuclear explosions and therefore the images that show the damage of these disasters can be a little historical. Despite that, the damage caused by explosions can be immense.

      •  Look at the images below - How do they make you feel about nuclear explosions.
Image One - Chernobyl
Taken From: http://econc10.bu.edu/economic_systems/NatIdentity/images/chernobyl_site.gif

Taken From - https://twitter.com/chernobyl_facts


Image Two - Contaminated Vegetables, Germany
Taken From - http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article73405857.html
Taken From - http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article73405857.html



Activity Two - Events

We are going to focus on Chernobyl which exploded in 1986 as a transboundary pollution event. While this event is clearly positioned in the past the impact of this event is still being felt today - which makes it contemporary. We are going to be looking at incidental pollution as the nuclear explosion in Ukraine will hopefully be a one-off event. Incidental pollution is generally caused by technological or human failure. Watch the youtube clip below and answer the following questions:
  1. Who are generally most at risk from pollution events?
  2. Watch the YouTube clip and create a timeline of events at Chernobyl.

Chernobyl Disaster - What Really Happened




Activity Three - Impact

A case study needs to be developed on the consequences of the Chernobyl event. Use the following resources and prompts to help you create a detailed case study. Remember impacts need to be discussed in relation to SEEP (Social, Economic, Environmental, Political) and include data to illustrate your findings.

  1. Using the map below describe the radioactive fallout from Chernobyl.
  2. Watch the Youtube clip below and describe the impact of the explosion - SEEP.

Image Three - Map of Radioactive Fallout
Taken From: http://usercontent1.hubimg.com/5373186.jpg
Taken From - 
https://transworld.wikispaces.com/Nuclear+power+plants

PBS - Revisiting Chernobyl: A nuclear diaster site of epic proportions






 

Extra Resources


World Nuclear Organisation - Safety and Security

BBC - Chernobyl