When an environmental disaster occurs, it can be devastating to ecosystems.
As this infographic from Vermont Law School’s Master of Environmental Law & Policy Online clearly illustrates, from the Exxon Valdez incident to the Deepwater Horizon spill, billions had to be spent on cleanup, lives were lost, and wildlife suffered.
The monetary and health-related consequences of these types of disasters are enormous.
Cleanup costs, the initial costs associated with a disaster are defined as the amount it will take to return the affected area to normal.
What isn’t accounted for in these “cleanup costs,” is the impact on communities and wildlife that will span decades.