Author Archives: M. Sim

Helping Malambo’s Children Break Free From Lead Poisoning

This post is by Charlie Espinosa, Pure Earth intern for Latin America. A 2014 study conducted by Universidad Naciónal de Colombia revealed high lead levels in all students attending La Bonga Elementary School. Located in Malambo, Colombia, the school sits in … Continue reading

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Former US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Rouses
Crowd To Its Feet With Passionate Pollution Plea

A standing ovation. That is what Gina McCarthy, former US EPA administrator, received at the Pure Earth benefit on Earth Day in New York City. McCarthy was a special guest at the benefit focused on “Pollution Solutions,” showcasing the cleanup … Continue reading

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Crowd To Its Feet With Passionate Pollution Plea

A Friendship Based On Giving Back – Colombian Star Taliana Vargas and Designer Pili Restrepo

Explore the Pure Earth responsible collection, presented by Taliana Vargas. Bid now to help beat pollution. U.S. audiences might know actress and model Taliana Vargas from her key role in season three of Netflix’s Narcos.  But away from the spotlight, … Continue reading

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Restoring Rainforest Stripped By Gold Mining in the Amazon

This post is from Charles Espinosa, an intern working with our Latin America program team. Charlie is pursuing a master’s degree in Latin American studies at Columbia University, with a focus on Cuban history. Watch a video of the project … Continue reading

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Lead Exposure Linked to 412,000 Deaths in US; On Par With Tobacco

An important new paper from Dr. Bruce Lanphear, a member of the Pure Earth Leadership Council, and a Commissioner on The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, reveals that cardiovascular impacts of lead are under-estimated by a factor of 10. While stunning, this revelation did … Continue reading

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Cleanup Of Infamous Pesticide Site Brings Toxic Legacy To An End

If you asked any authority on pollution about Azerbaijan, the name Salyan, would inevitably come up. Located about 93 miles (150 km) from the capital of Baku, Salyan was home to the most contaminated pesticide site in the country, and … Continue reading

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Barro Aprobado In New York – Helping Mexican Lead-Free Artisans Reach A Wider Market

  (Read the story in Spanish on the Barro Aprobado site) Recently, a team representing a group of ten artisans from Michoacán in Mexico traveled to New York to show their lead-free pottery at NY Now, one of the largest trades … Continue reading

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At Davos, Visualizing the Global Pollution Crisis; Presenting Solutions

Pure Earth President Richard Fuller was at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week talking about one of the most effective ways to improve lives globally–cleaning up pollution. While the WEF’s Global Risks 2018 report acknowledges that pollution has “moved further … Continue reading

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World Bank Talks Next Steps With Pure Earth, Global Alliance

  Pollution is one global crisis that can be solved, but it will take commitment, cooperation, and funding.  That was the takeaway from a January 11th discussion in Washington, D.C. that brought together the World Bank, Pure Earth and the Global Alliance … Continue reading

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HSBC Mexico’s “Adopt A Potter” Program Takes On Urgency After Earthquake

HSBC has launched a unique “Adopt A Potter” program in support of Pure Earth’s work to reduce lead poisoning from the widespread use of traditional leaded pottery in Mexico. Under the program, corporate volunteers visit artisans who have gone lead-free … Continue reading

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