The Daily Mail has published an article containing many aerial photographs of the effects of pollution on the North American landscape. Here's an excerpt.
J Henry Fair's spectacular aerial images show the devastation man has wreaked on America.
Pollution is exposed on a massive scale, creating striking vivid colours that highlight the scars of spillages, open cast mining, chemical and oil leaks, industrial decay and deforestation.Bauxite waste from aluminum production near Darrow, Louisiana
Mr Fair, from New York, said the beauty of the pictures draws people in and then they learn the reasons for the vivid colours and the shapes.
He said: 'I have been concerned about environmental issues for a long time as well as being fascinated by the graphic beauty of machines and the importance of industrial decay.Oil spill from BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
'During the shooting process, I am looking to compose and create images that will captivate, so in some sense I am attempting to make a silk purse from a sow's ear.
'I have found that the reason this project has had so much success is because the beauty of the images initially draws audiences in; they are captivating in the same way that timeless pieces by the great abstract expressionists are.Tailings left by oil-from-sand extraction at Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
'I think that if the initial beauty in the photographs was not present, the project would not have the same affect on people.
'Because the pictures are so beautiful, people want to learn more about what is going on in each image.'
Mr Fair has a photographic studio in New York and his images are available in his new book called 'The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis'.
There are many more (and much larger) images at the link, and also at the project's Web site and the photographer's Web site. Troubling viewing, but I think also very important. This is one area where I wish we had more and stronger regulation - to prevent companies causing such disastrous pollution, and/or to force them to clean it up.