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Several domestic and international environmental disasters yielded widespread adverse environmental health consequences in the past year. The following article examines the causes, effects, and legal and political implications of four recent major industrial catastrophes. First, the article reviews a deadly industrial explosion resulting from improper chemical storage in rural Texas in April 2013. Next, we move across the globe to a collapse of a textile factory in Bangladesh that occurred just one week later, highlighting some of the adverse consequences to globalization without proper government oversight.