Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The J Henry Fair, Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis [

J Henry Fair is an American photographer, environmental activist, and co-founder and director of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY. Born in Charleston, SC, J Henry Fair currently lives and works in New York City.
J. Henry Fair, in a small plane near the Mississippi River, is photographing dozens of coal ash disposal sites known to contaminate groundwater with toxic metals.
Bulldozed ash at a Louisiana coal-fired power plant.
It was like being a war journalist," Fair says of his seven trips to the Gulf of Mexico last summer to document the oil spill. "When I returned to New York, people would ask, 'What's it like?'" Pictured is a submerged oil plume.
"Eleven percent of the world's fresh water goes to make paper," Fair says. "How wild is that?" In a waste-treatment pond at a Louisiana mill that manufactures paper towels, circles form around aerators that churn the water to speed digestion of organic byproducts.
The forested mountains, valleys and streams that once stood here are now buried beneath the overburden from mountaintop removal coal mining. The mountain is leveled and then sprayed with a mixture of grass seed and fertilizer. This satisfies the EPA regulations on mitigation.
Heavy metal waste from fertilizer production.
Producing aluminum metal involves refining bauxite, the ore, using caustic chemicals and tremendous amounts of electricity to produce alumina and the electrolytic reduction of alimina to produce aluminum. This depicts the disposal of the byproducts, in which the solids are separated from the liquids. During primary aluminum production, PFCs are emitted as byproducts of the smelting process, both significant "greenhouse gases."
Effluents from fertilizer production are pumped into this "gyp stack." The solid gypsum is scooped out by excavators before it hardens and is spread on the "impoundment" to build it up and allow for higher capacity. This waste is gypsum, sulphuric acid an assortment of heavy metals, including uranium and radium.
Oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill at the Macondo well floats on the Gulf of Mexico.
Sulphur is a byproduct of the tar sands extraction process and though it has many industrial uses, the current market price is quite low. Syncrude, the Canadian energy company, is storing it for future sale.
Petroleum coke is the final remainder of refining oil, which can be cooked to become asphalt or other industrial products. This shows a rainbow refraction in liquid jetting from a pipe surrounded by coke. sources http://www.smithsonianmag.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J_Henry_Fair

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