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Pollution problems threaten 125 million people worldwide
CH-Zurich – 24 October 2012 – The new Environmental Report 2012 published jointly by the environmental organization Green Cross Switzerland and the Blacksmith Institute of New York identifies the world's ten worst pollution problems. The latest report not only identifies the sources but also quantifies the global scale of damage to health caused by toxic substances for the first time. “Pollution problems and toxic substances are proven to endanger the health of almost 125 million people worldwide,” says Nathalie Gysi, Executive Director of Green Cross Switzerland. The report also states that the health impacts of the ten pollution sources are reaching a similar scale to known health hazards such as malaria and tuberculosis.
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Rio+20: Youths report on their Green Future
At the Rio +20 Earth Summit in June 2012, Green Cross was of course there in support of the international youth exchange program and a Green Future, together with a group of young adults from the USA, Brazil and Ghana. The majority of these young people are directly faced with the effects of various environmental disasters such as drought, climate change and chemical contamination (pesticides, chemical weapons).
Up to 9.9 million people living in contaminated zones
According to a review of reports and sources about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, up to 9.9 million people live in contaminated areas. In Belarus, the figures ranged from 1.6 to 3.7 million people; in Russia between 1.8 and 2.7 million people and in Ukraine between 1.1 and 3.5 million people. These figures come from a Green Cross study carried out under the direction of Professor Jonathan M. Samet, Director of the USC Institute for Global Health at the University of Southern California (USC), in cooperation with local partners in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova and accompanied by Professor Theodor Abelin in Bern.