The ten most dangerous sources of environmental toxins in the year 2012

Sources of Environmental Toxins Endanger 125 Million People Worldwide

 

The new Environmental Toxin Report 2012, published jointly by the environmental organisation Green Cross Switzerland and the Blacksmith Institute based in New York, identifies the world’s ten most dangerous sources of environmental toxins.

 

The Environmental Toxin Report 2012 estimates the health burdens caused by sources of environmental toxins and contaminants in "Disability Adjusted Life Years" (DALY). The years lost due to premature death and the negative impact on the quality of life due to illness are recorded with the help of these DALY. On the basis of these collected data, approximately 17 million DALY are due to toxic substances from sources of environmental toxins in the 49 countries investigated.

 

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The ranking list of the ten most dangerous sources of environmental toxins in the year 2012

 

The Environmental Toxin Report 2012 identifies the world’s ten most dangerous sources of environmental toxins and quantifies, for the first time, the global scale of health damage due to toxic substances.

 

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Pollution Report 2012 (4.1 MB PDF file)

 

Photos of the world’s ten most dangerous sources of environmental toxins in 2012 can be downloaded from:

http://www.worstpolluted.org/gallery_images/report

Environmental Reports

 

Since 2007, the yearly environmental toxin reports published by Green Cross Switzerland and the Blacksmith Institute have been instrumental in increasing public understanding of the health impacts of toxic pollutants and their sources.

 

The Environmental Toxin Report 2012 describes known environmental toxins and points to their industrial applications and most frequent health effects. In addition, the Report identifies the ten most important sources of environmental toxins and quantifies, for the first time, the global scale of health damage due to toxic substances. It also shows that the health impacts of industrial pollutants measured are roughly equal to those of the three major global infectious diseases AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

 

The Environmental Toxin Report 2011 is based on the estimated number of people affected by the sources of pollution, as well as the number of locations, identified worldwide, where environmental toxins occur in concentrations that are detrimental to health. Reports on the ten most dangerous sources of environmental toxins and the worst pollution problems were issued in the years 2008 and 2010. The environmental report published in 2009 contains case studies concerning successful remediation projects.

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