Environmental Disasters Prove They Don't Heal Themselves (INFOGRAPHIC)

How many environmental disasters have occurred in your lifetime? Some of the more recent ones include the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the 2008 Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash spill -- and the list stretches back for decades. Unfortunately, many disasters like these aren't known for their swift cleanups, but for their long-lasting environmental impacts.

Just how bad are these catastrophes, after all? The infographic below from Creative Signals and Vermont Law School's Master of Environmental Law & Policy explores just how environmental disasters can affect animals, people and economies for years to come.


CORRECTION: A previous version of this infographic misstated the size of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.