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Pollution problems threaten 125 million people worldwide

24.10.2012

 

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

24.07.2012

 

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).

 

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Up to 9.9 million people living in contaminated zones

23.04.2012

 

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.

 

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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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