The hidden costs of consumption

J Henry Fair has spent 15 years taking aerial pictures of the environmental damage caused by heavy industry and coal-fired power stations around the world.

NOWE CZARNOWO, POLAND.
Ash from the Dolna Odra coal-fired power station is mixed with water and pumped for storage. The sludge may contain many accumulated contaminants

SHIPPINGPORT, PENNSYLVANIA, USA.
This coal ash dump, in a valley blocked by an earth dam on the Pennsylvania/West Virginia border, is the largest in the USA. The dam at a similar impoundment in Kingston, Tennessee failed in 2008 releasing 4 billion litres of coal ash slurry

LULING, LOUISIANA, USA.
An industrial waste impoundment from a factory which produces glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide

 

J Henry Fair's spectacular pictures of horrific pollution are published in a new book, Industrial Scars: Photographs of the Hidden Costs of Consumption (Papadakis).  ‘For me this is a lifelong project,' the photographer says, 'until we clean up our act and do everything in an environmentally sound way.’  

 

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