The world’s ten most dangerous sources of environmental toxins in 2016
The Environmental Toxin Report 2016 of the environmental organisations Green Cross Switzerland and Pure Earth, New York provides information about the world’s ten most dangerous sources of environmental toxins and quantifies the worldwide magnitude of adverse health effects caused by toxic substances in DALYs. Approximately 200 million people are suffering damage to body and brain, often irreparable, by the exposure to lead, mercury, chromium, obsolete pesticides and radionuclides in thousands of polluted places. To control the emissions of mercury, a heavy metal, 140 nations have signed the Minamata Convention (mercury convention) in October 2013. Switzerland was one of the first countries to sign and committed a total of CHF 7.5 million to put the convention into action. At its summit meeting on 25 September 2015 in New York, the Conference of the United Nations for Sustainable Development approved the “Agenda 2030” with 17 new goals for sustainable development (Sustainable Development Goals – SDG).
To reduce chemicals and toxic substances, Green Cross Switzerland and Pure Earth offer cost-effective and innovative solutions to the UN member states in order to achieve the development agenda by 2030.
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