The world’s top six toxic threats 2010

The US-based environmental organization Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland present a list of the world’s top six toxic threats of the year 2010.


The 2010 ranking is based on criteria established by a group of international environmental and health experts, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Emory University and City University of New York. The three main criteria include: pollutant toxicity, directness of the contamination pathway and number of affected people worldwide.


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The list of the world’s top six toxic threats of the year 2010


The 2010 Toxic Threat Report highlights the worst pollution problems and identifies the top six toxic threats to global health.


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Toxic Threat Report 2010 (15.2 MB PDF file)


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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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