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28 April 2017 06:29 (South Africa)

Al Gore environmental school built on toxic soil

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

A new high school of environment science due to open on 13 September in Los Angeles, named after former US vice-president Al Gore and activist Rachel Carson, has been built on a contaminated site. The site where the Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences is located is contaminated by "more than a dozen underground storage tanks serving light industrial businesses" as well as "the underground tanks of an adjacent gas station". At least it was, until the city spent $4 million replacing the toxic soil with healthy soil from somewhere else. So, to be clear, the Carson-Gore school dedicated to environmental sciences is built atop underground storage tanks, next to a gas station and across the road from an oil well. The Universe has a fine sense of humour.  Read more: Gawker

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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