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The top six toxic threats worldwide in 2010

03.11.2010

 

Green Cross Switzerland and US-based Blacksmith Institute, two independent environmental organizations, present their first ranking of the world’s top six toxic threats. The ranking is included in the 2010 Toxic Threat Report, which was jointly issued by Green Cross Switzerland and Blacksmith Institute.

 

“The health of roughly 100 million people is at risk from pollution in developing countries,“ says Richard Fuller, founder of Blacksmith Institute. “The six pollutants in this report came up again and again at the sites we looked at around the world.” These toxic substances cause serious health risks for up to one hundred million people around the world, especially children. The global health impacts of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, pesticides and radionuclides are much more substantial than previously estimated. “Today more than one hundred million people are exposed to toxic concentrations that are significantly higher than international health standards,” Nathalie Gysi, General Manager at Green Cross Switzerland, points out.

 

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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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