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Top ten successful solutions against dangerous pollutants

28.10.2009

 

Green Cross Switzerland and US-based Blacksmith Institute, two independent environmental organizations, are presenting ten of the most successful programs implemented to clean up some of the most polluted places. The overwhelming success of these remediation programs illustrates that the fight against pollution in developing countries can lead to dramatic improvements in human health and even save lives, especially those of children. These bright spots should persuade governments and non-governmental organizations to step up funding for similar remediation programs, concludes the independent environmental report issued today by New York-based Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland.

 

"This year, instead of our annual listing of the world’s most polluted places or most dangerous pollutants, we are focusing on the positive and promising developments in the fight against life-threatening pollutants," says Richard Fuller, president and founder of Blacksmith Institute. "The takeaway here is that eliminating pollutants is difficult but not impossible. We just need to find the resources and the commitment to do it and to do it quickly," adds Dr. Stephan Robinson, Unit Manager (Water, Legacy) at Green Cross Switzerland.

 

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Las diez soluciones de mayor éxito contra los contaminantes tóxicos más peligrosos in Spanish language (Word .rtf)

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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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