Sept/Oct 2013

 In this issue:
Long Awaited New List of Top Ten World's Worst Polluted Sites To Be Released

A new report to be released this November updates the top ten list of world's worst polluted places previously identified in 2006 and 2007, removing sites that have made progress, and adding new sites identified.

"The World’s Top 10 Toxic Threats in 2013: Cleanup, Progress and Ongoing Challenges" from Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland will be available for download after November 4 at 
Photo from "Revisiting Minamata, and a Storied Mentor", New York Times, Credit: Takeshi IshikawaHelping Countries Abide By Minamata

Earlier this month, Blacksmith was with the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) in Minamata, Japan, to witness the landmark signing of the first international treaty to curb mercury pollution, and to help countries abide by the agreement. 

To date, Blacksmith has identified 425 sites contaminated
by mercury, with about 10.9 million men, women and children at risk from these sites. (see table)

Read - The Toxic Toll of Mercury: Facts, Figures and The Future of "Dancing Cat Fever" Disease

As secretariat for the GAHP, Blacksmith hosted an event in Minamata to introduce delegates from 140 countries to GAHP resources, which include technical and financial resources to help low-and middle-income countries reduce mercury emissions and mitigate human health risks from mercury-contaminated sites... >>Read More

Global Alliance Pushes Help for Poisoned Poor in European Parliament

European Parliament seminarHow do we begin to solve life-threatening problems facing the world's poisoned poor? Some of Europe's leading voices came together for a seminar in Brussels this October to discuss the issue.

The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) joined forces with Member of European Parliament Michele Rivasi to organize the gathering in collaboration with the World Bank, the Health and Environment Alliance and the European Cancer Leagues. The seminar put a spotlight on global health and explored opportunities to reduce impacts from chemicals, mining and industry.

Mr. Li Yong, the director general of UNIDO, delivered opening remarks to representatives from the European Parliament and dozens of organizations and agencies...>>Read More

Training Women in Senegal

5734108554_b3b644477fNext month, Blacksmith returns to Senegal to provide livelihood training to women so that they will not have to go back to the dangerous job of backyard battery recycling, which triggered a lead poisoning outbreak in 2008 that killed 18 young children in Thiaroye Sur Mer.

The women are being introduced to hydroponics so they can grow crops without soil, and they are being taught to fortify grains to increase nutrition and crop yield. These techniques will not only help them to feed their family, but also produce extra food for sale... >> Read More


Why Are Millions of Children in Mexico Still Suffering From Lead Poisoning?

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In 1991, the daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico was found to have high lead levels in her blood. It launched an outcry on both sides of the border against the use of toxic lead glazes in Mexican pottery, a tradition dating back hundreds of years. >>Read More

The Poisoned Poor - Global Alliance Highlights Invisible Sufferers

Agbogbloshie_Ghana_girls in wheelbarrow (1)Who does toxic pollution affect the most? A global alliance has come together to issue the first comprehensive report of pollution's impact on this invisible demographic -- the poisoned poor.

"The world’s poorest people routinely face the highest risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals due to their occupations, living conditions, lack of knowledge about safe handling practices, limited access to uncontaminated food and drinking water, and the fact that they often live in countries where regulatory, health, and education systems are weak...," notes Veerle Vandeweerd, Director, Environment and Energy Group, UNDP.

Among the document's key findings about the poisoned poor:... >>Read More, download the report

Guide To Lead Cleanup Now Available; First in Series of Global Remediation Guides

The Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) has released a technical guide focused on the containment of lead, one of the world's worst pollutants. It is the first in a planned series of guides on best practices in global remediation. >>Read More
Blacksmith Institute works in some of the world's worst polluted places to solve pollution problems 
and clean up contaminated sites in order to save lives.
Blacksmith is currently engaged in over 40 projects in 19 countries.

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