Toxic Waste Crisis in Southern Italy

By Ben Cohen

A horrific and fascinating story from VBS.tv about the massive environmental crisis in southern Italy:

Naples and the Campania region of Southern Italy are backdrops to the


biggest criminal and environmental emergencies in Italy. The Camorra,


Italy’s most powerful and dangerous Mafia element, has been controlling


the waste-management industry for decades in collusion with the corrupt


Neapolitan government. In 1994, the European Union deemed Naples’s


garbage situation an official environmental emergency, however, things


have only gotten worse since then. Put simply, it the result of a


complete breakdown of the civil institutions that manage garbage and


toxic-waste disposal.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.