Lake Yamlur in Bangalore, India is suffering from extreme pollution that has become hard for residents to ignore. The lake, almost unrecognizable, is covered in a toxic white foam that locals have described as looking like snow from a distance. The foam atop the murky, black water has started combusting into flames on the lake’s surface.
This is not the first time in history that a body of water has become so polluted that it caught on fire. In 1969, the Cuyahoga River, which fed into a heavily polluted Lake Erie, caught fire and drew national attention to the water’s horrible condition. This led to the passage of the Clean Water Act, as well as the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between the U.S. and Canada. Nearly 40 years later, Lake Erie is still recovering from its pollution, so we can only hope that Lake Yamlur’s situation is addressed immediately.