Known as the Black Triangle, the border region between Czechoslovakia and Germany was once one of the most environmentally devastated areas in the world. To the south, in the Czech republic, coal mines dominated the countryside. Sulphurous smoke from the ubiquitous power stations resulted in regular smog alerts, while the health of the people and the landscape alike were threatened by the soot from the brown lignite coal deposits. On the other side of the border, in East Germany, lay Europe’s biggest concentration of uranium mines, where uranium slag heaps emitted radiation: levels between four and ten times higher than ‘normal’ levels. First broadcast six months after the collapse of Communist rule in the region, this film is a timely reminder of the environmental devastation that unregulated industrial activity can wreak.
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