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The top six toxic threats worldwide in 2010

03.11.2010

 

Green Cross Switzerland and US-based Blacksmith Institute, two independent environmental organizations, present their first ranking of the world’s top six toxic threats. The ranking is included in the 2010 Toxic Threat Report, which was jointly issued by Green Cross Switzerland and Blacksmith Institute.

 

“The health of roughly 100 million people is at risk from pollution in developing countries,“ says Richard Fuller, founder of Blacksmith Institute. “The six pollutants in this report came up again and again at the sites we looked at around the world.” These toxic substances cause serious health risks for up to one hundred million people around the world, especially children. The global health impacts of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, pesticides and radionuclides are much more substantial than previously estimated. “Today more than one hundred million people are exposed to toxic concentrations that are significantly higher than international health standards,” Nathalie Gysi, General Manager at Green Cross Switzerland, points out.

 

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