Asbestos is a natural occurring airborne dust that can be extremely dangerous when inhaled. Found in high concentrations, sometimes as much as twelve percent, in vermiculite ore, asbestos is very apparent in this refining process. This all being said there were not many precautions in place to prevent such a catastrophe from occurring. One interesting yet devastating fact about asbestos is once it is inhaled into the lungs it can never be expelled other than by means or surgery. Once inhaled it becomes trapped in your lungs, at which point your lungs begin to cover over the asbestos, leaving it permanently trapped in the capillaries of your lungs. An extreme build up of this can result in asbestosis, a hardening of the lungs due to inhaled asbestos. This is what many of the workers contracted and were never able to fully recover. The surgery to help undo this damage was both costly and often unsuccessful. One of the executives at the plant is filmed in the deposition saying he had in fact had asbestos removed from his lungs after learning about the dangers of the mill. This is a perfect example of the sociological term Two-Tier system of Medical Care. This system makes it possible for these wealthier high up executives to receive the proper medical treatment they needed in order to remove the extremely deadly asbestos from their lungs, while the average mill worker who needed the surgrery much more could not afford such a procedure.
The roles of science, the media, and politics greatly influence public opinion and understanding of the world around us. These three spheres of information and action are invariably linked when discussing complex global issues like climate change. However, the presentation and resolution of disagreement within the three spheres is incredibly independent. The many ways that climate change, specifically the debate on the existence of climate change, is portrayed within these spheres can greatly affect public emotion, knowledge, and policy of such an issue. This is particularly evident in the United States (US) (Boykoff & Boykoff, 2007). This paper attempts to briefly outline the portrayal and settlement of the debate on the existence of
As discussed previously, this exposure has resulted in overall health issues for the people of Libby especially, and also people throughout America. The asbestos exposure has impaired all aspects of health for these people. Physically it has destroyed the integrity of their lungs, which results in many restrictions in life such as impaired physical mobility due to lack of easily being able to oxygenate the entire body. Mentally it has destroyed a lot of their happiness in life. Spiritually it may have strengthen their relationship with their higher power, or it may have broken a bond the people had with their higher power, because they may have felt their was no higher power or they would not have had this happen to them. Socially they have been impacted, because they have lost many close friends from within the community, which has hindered their overall social health. All of these factors have reduced the life span of the people of Libby. Combined all of these factors create problems with overall health, ultimately decrease the life span of these people. The physical factors harm the body, making for a shorter life among these people. The mental, social, and spiritual stress that has been placed on these people can damage their body as well. Stress can be harmful to body in many ways. Not only does the physical consequences of asbestos affect the lungs, but the stress
Back in the day, humans would only live to be about 50 years old and usually even younger than that. Now, it is usually somewhere between 7-80 years old. In Libby, however, they are slowly moving down the scale, with people of all ages dying from asbestos problems that still have not been fixed. People are dying at very young ages, some even very young like under the age of eighteen. Just about everyone in Libby has lost at least one member of their family due to this issue, and hundreds are buried every year from only asbestos related deaths. This is a huge problem. On a large scale, it may not seem so bad because it is only in one town for the most part. However, in a hundred years? It can be nationwide if not fixed and the human life in America will be in true danger. As of now, the problem can be solved very easily, but if the government keeps waiting to take any action on it, the problem will spread and spread until it is so large that nothing can be done and the whole entire nation is in danger of dying at a young
The article on “NAACP Report Reveals Disparate Impact of Coal-Fired Power Plants” talks about how coal pollution from the coal-fired power plants will negatively impact the environment surrounding it, including the population in the surroundings, and the harm it will bring upon them. It suggests that Americans that reside near a coal power plant has a lower average income than most of the Americans in the nation. Furthermore, it also pointed out that 39% of Americans that live near a coal power plant are “people of color”. This article claim that coal pollution from the coal power plant is killing population that has a low income and people of certain races. According to the article, climate change is also a negative impact brought on by coal
The area of greatest concern and threat is Illinois Beach State Park which boarders the contamination site to the North. This is a concern as asbestos can cause cancer if the fibers are inhaled. Asbestos is less dangerous in water supplies although the site run-off at one point was 3 times the EPA’s limit. The EPA continues to monitor and improve the site. After the main site contamination were remediated, secondary excavation and capping projects have taken place over the years to continue to clean the site for future re-development as shown in the image below.
Ultimately, Wagemans findings prove that while scientific argumentation as a whole is inaccessible to the public, use of topical argumentations can direct the media focus and public attitudes towards environmental issues. Through applying the same analysis that Wagemans applied in this article, the utilization of topical argumentations becomes evident in the debate over the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline. Because Wagemans expounds that these topical argumentations are imperative to the public’s conception of scientific research, analyzing the monikers employed by groups conveying scientific research such as the Minnesota state government and Enbridge becomes a gauge for how each side is mediating the public’s attitudes towards the pipeline. Wagemans
Gina McCarthy — who works for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — builds an argument on the importance of science at the EPA in an article entitled "Why Science Matters".
In the video documentary on Libby, Montana, there was a lot of family oriented relationships seen throughout the film. This close knit community was based around the family. We learn a lot about its effects on everyone in the town and associated with the people of the town. It has a major effect on the families in Libby. The video is from November of 2002, and almost every man in Libby worked as either a logger or on the asbestos site. They manufactured the asbestos for usage for insulation, roofing, and soil. The asbestos was found everywhere. The men who worked on these sites didn’t know the effects of the asbestos on not only them, but also
There’s an issue where the underlying science remains a political football, and scientists are regularly challenged and called out personally. Where energy needs and short-term economic growth are set against our children’s health and future. Where the consequences of bad, short-sighted decisions may be borne primarily by a small subset of under-served and undeserving persons. And where the very descriptive terms in the debate are radioactive, words spun as epithets.
Mosaic, the world’s largest producer of phosphate fertilizer, is facing controversy as a giant sinkhole at one of their plants leaks polluted water into Florida’s primary drinking water aquifer. Mosaic became aware of the problem in August, but the public wasn’t notified until September 15. Their situation has become an issue in need of SIM and has been listed in standard indexes such as npr, and Bloomberg markets. The issue is a quantifiable threat to Mosaic’s operations and opposition to the company and it’s handling of the situation is being championed by environmental interest groups like the Sierra club who have gained growing social and political influence. Coverage of the story by the public and media has been largely negative in regards to Mosaic. The Orlando Sentinel’s headline, for instance, read, “Giant, radioactive
In the aughts, as a director at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, he worked to kill a cap-and-trade bill proposed by Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman; in 2012, when the conservative American Enterprise Institute held a meeting about the economics of a possible carbon tax, he asked donors to defund it. It’s possible, of course, to oppose cap-and-trade or carbon taxes in good faith—and yet, in recent years, Ebell’s work has come to center on lies about science and scientists. Today, as the leader of the Cooler Heads Coalition, an anti-climate-science group, Ebell denies the veracity and methodology of science itself. He dismisses complex computer models that have been developed by hundreds of researchers by saying that they “don’t even pass the laugh test.” If Ebell’s methods seem similar to those used by the tobacco industry to deny the adverse health effects of smoking in the nineteen-nineties, that’s because he worked as a lobbyist for the tobacco
The River Valley investigation has been the largest environmental investigation in Ohio's history (Henry, 2009). The investigation was soundly thought through and exhibited limited bias. The researchers were dealing with many young children and their health, which is why I believe aided their responsiveness as they wanted to get to the root of the problem quickly. It is unfortunate though that decades of children were exposed. Once the state became involved and community members put forth courageous efforts to research the cause on their own, the students were quickly removed to a different location.
My one best question about asbestos is, who does one go to about reporting an asbestos violation? I would direct this question towards a human resources department or a union representative. I think Zonolite Company and W.R. Grace and Company are both at blame for the asbestos contamination, illnesses and fatalities at Libby. Both had employees who developed illnesses and fatalities from the job. I would say that W.R. Grace and Company would be more at fault because even though they claimed they were unaware of the hazards of the job, that wasn’t the truth. They knew of the dangers of the exposure and never said anything to their employees. If they did so, then they could have avoided this tragedy.
Through the advancements of the internet and mass media globalization of information accelerated rapidly. This brought an awareness of global warming, environmental pollution, and third world poverty to the American public. Knowledge of these problems has brought with it, controversy regarding the cause of these issues. While