The world's worst ongoing ecological disasters.

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July 20 2010 2:46 PM

The World's Worst Ecological Disasters

Stopping the BP oil leak looks easy compared with these ongoing catastrophes.

While it's probably still too soon to celebrate, BP appears to finally be getting the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico under control. But many of the world's greatest environmental catastrophes continue, with no end in sight. Foreign Policy looks at the top five.

Aral Sea.
Landlocked ships in Kazakhstan where the Aral Sea used to be
Joshua Keating Joshua Keating

Joshua Keating is a staff writer at Slate focusing on international affairs and writes the World blog. 

See the entire photo essay on Foreignpolicy.com.

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NIGERIA
Disaster:
Oil spills
Going since: Around 1966

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