Paradise to Hellscape: Salton Sea and Other Terrible Places

Let’s talk about an environmental catastrophe that turned a tourism and wildlife paradise into a toxic wasteland. This is something that we’re starting to see happening all over the world and that’s only going to become more of a problem in the future thanks to climate change. 

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Ghost towns and toxic fumes: How an idyllic California lake became a disaster

How California’s Salton Sea went from vacation destination to toxic nightmare

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Written and produced by Anna Roberts
Burning palm tree artwork by Perry Vasquez
Intro music by Elliot Middleton

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