Maldives' apocalyptic dump might spoil that romantic tryst5/21/2012
Welcome to hell -- beautifully situated in the middle of paradise. The stench of this garbage dump practically wafts off the screen as the video rolls. This island was once a picture-perfect coral kingdom in the Maldives, but over the past 20 years it has become an apocalyptic sewer, complete with swirling flies, flowing toxins, smoldering fires and billowing smoke. Its downfall is due in large part to a booming tourism industry that generates some 300 tons of waste a day, an output that the nation of idyllic, sandy islands has no way to dispose of. This BBC reporter calls the site "gobsmacking," understandably finding little more to say than "bloody hell."
How can the Maldives solve this problem?