Author Archives: M. Sim

Alerting Local Researchers To Mexico’s National Lead Problem

Mexico’s 500-year old tradition of using toxic lead-glazes in pottery is a problem that continues to plague residents to this day. In our paper “Blood Lead Levels in Mexico and Pediatric Burden of Disease Implications,” published in the prestigious Annals of … Continue reading

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Usher, will.i.am, Fall Out Boy, and Others Rally 250,000… and Pure Earth

Usher, No Doubt, Mary J. Blige, Fall Out Boy, Common, Train, My Morning Jacket and others rallied an estimated 250,000 people on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on April 18 in a day-long Earth Day concert organized by the … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Pure Earth, and Actor Dev Patel’s Role in Our Name Change

  * CONTEST: Our office in Beijing is running a contest for a Chinese name for Pure Earth.  The contest is open from 19 Mar – 18 April 2015.  Get details in Chinese here. Blacksmith Institute has changed its name to Pure Earth. … Continue reading

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SNAPSHOTS OF PROGRESS: 2014

What did we do in 2014? We are glad to report that it was a great year of progress in the fight against toxic pollution. Here’s why: Out In The Global Field – Asia, Africa, Central Asia/Eastern Europe, Latin America … Continue reading

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Focus on Research in Developing World: “We are missing the full picture”

  Over the past few years, Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth has embarked on a broad effort to expand research and understanding about the issue of toxic pollution, especially its damaging impact in low and middle-income countries, where pollution is the … Continue reading

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Three Papers Published in Prestigious Journal

Our effort to expand research and understanding about toxic pollution continues this month with three papers published in the prestigious Annals of Global Health, formerly known as The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine (Volume 80, Issue 4, p245-344, e1-e11 July–August 2014).  Environmental Pollution and … Continue reading

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Two Studies Reveal The Risks of India’s Unseen Pollution Menace

In India, Pure Earth has been working closely with local officials, industry and other stakeholders on the widely-documented problem of toxic pollution in the country.  In fact the government is planning on prioritizing the top ten worst polluted sites in the country for cleanup, … Continue reading

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Fact Sheet: What is the #1 Childhood Environmental Health Threat Globally?

“Lead Poisoning from improper automotive battery recycling activities is the number one childhood environmental health threat globally”. —  Dr. Jack Caravanos, CUNY professor and research lead at Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth While lead pollution can result from a … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Mining Waste Dumped In An Armenian School

Beyond Akhtala, the site of our very first cleanup project in Armenia (read more in Armenia’s Toxic 10th-Century Monastery), our team came across various other polluted sites including a school, which apparently had been used as an informal dumping ground by a … Continue reading

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CDC’s MMWR Features Our Findings on Lead in Kabwe’s Children

The latest issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the main resource for key public health information and recommendations from the CDC, features field notes from our July trip to Kabwe, where we found devastating levels of lead poisoning … Continue reading

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