EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Though BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill is a terrible occurrence indeed, apparently Nigeria has been a victim of oil spills over the last 50 years, according to John Vidal, environmental editor of U.K.'s The Observer, in this article. I had not realized this 'til I clicked on a friend's link on Facebook; it is sad news indeed, the lengths that oil companies and a country's government will go to keep such disasters under wraps from the rest of the world. And while the U.S.'s efforts to handle the environmental crisis raging in the Gulf of Mexico right now get all the press, Nigeria's problems get ignored.
On the theory that awareness is a reasonable first step: here's a video news report, from Al Jazeera, on Nigeria's long-running crises:
Sure provides a sense of perspective about the perhaps more serious troubles going on in the rest of the world, does it not? Well, it does for me, anyway.