Six most dangerous environmental toxins 2015

The six most dangerous environmental toxins in the world in 2015

The Environmental Toxin Report has been published jointly by the Green Cross Switzerland environmental organisation and New York-based Pure Earth (formerly Blacksmith Institute) since 2007. The Environmental Toxin Report 2015 describes the characteristics of the six most dangerous environmental toxins in the world and documents their adverse health effects. The assessment of the health impacts of environmental toxins in Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) allows a comparison with other known health risks. The health effects of industrial pollutants measured in DALY result in 17,147,600 DALY, while Aids causes 28,933,000 DALY, tuberculosis 25,041,000 DALY and malaria 14,252,000 DALY.


Without taking appropriate countermeasures, the number of people exposed to dangerous levels of contamination will continue to rise. Regardless of the extent and the severity of the consequences for humans, contamination by environmental toxins accounts for only a fraction of the financial investments and actions taken compared to infectious diseases, such as malaria, HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and the two global environmental problems of climate change and species extinction. While significant progress has been made in some countries, most of the clean-up activities are not given the necessary financial resources.


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Environmental Toxin Report 2015 (4.7 MB PDF file)


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