How the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Inadvertently Caused an Environmental Crisis

August 5, 2014 11:09 AM

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Nearly 30 years ago, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles inadvertently triggered an environmental crisis in England. To anyone familiar with the inexhaustible and often unfounded rage directed toward books, movies, and TV shows, you will likely raise your eyebrows at this rather preposterous-sounding statement. Pop culture, after all, is no stranger to getting blamed for all sorts of current events. However, in this case, the allegations are true. Not only that, the problem is something that continues to affect the UK ecosystem to this day, and may cause even more issues when the new Ninja Turtles movie hits theaters this August.

This particular tale begins in 1990. Back then, the Ninja Turtles were one of the biggest franchises in the Western Hemisphere, having spawned comic books, a billion-dollar toy line, and a beloved TV show, along with a soon-to-be-released feature film and multiple corporate sponsorships. Like any ma...

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