Category Archives: Latin America/Caribbean

Project Highlights 2015: A String Of Firsts

Over the past year, we have started to finally see a shift connecting the silos that have kept efforts on the environment, health and development in separate disciplines. The catalyst for much of this progress has come from the creation … Continue reading

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Lake Titicaca Cleanup – Bolivia And Peru Pledges $500 Million

A milestone has been reached in the long struggle to clean up the famed Lake Titicaca. Bolivia and Peru have agreed to provide more than $500 million to manage the lake’s recovery through 2025. This is great news. Pollution of the lake … Continue reading

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Mexico: Changing A Beautiful, Yet Toxic, Tradition

AN URGENT CALL IN THE NIGHT Earlier this year, Sandra Gualtero, Pure Earth’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, received a late-night email labelled “URGENT.” It was from a nurse in Mexico who had just discovered a newborn baby with … Continue reading

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Mexico: Changing A Beautiful, Yet Toxic, Tradition

Dinner Served On 960 Pieces Of Lead-Free Pottery Sends Urgent Message Across Mexico

[Read a version of this story in Spanish.] At this year’s Festival Internacional Cervantino, one of the most important arts and cultural events in Latin America, a dinner designed to showcase the culinary culture of Morelos state became a milestone in the fight against … Continue reading

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Notes From The Field: In Peru – A Path Of Gold And Destruction

Gold miners are revered here… This statue, which takes pride of place in the center of a gold mining town in Peru, speaks volumes about the relationship between gold and many locals. Artisanal and small-scale gold mining is a traditional … Continue reading

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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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Want lead-free food? Visit the first “Barro Aprobado” restaurant in Mexico

Across Mexico every day, millions of meals served in homes and restaurants come with an extra, unseen ingredient — toxic lead. Want lead-free food? The Casa de Campo restaurant, housed in a 260 year-old building in Cuernavaca’s historic downtown in Morelos state, is … Continue reading

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Homero Aridjis’ Heartfelt Plea For A Lead-Free Mexico

Renowned poet, novelist and environmental activist Homero Aridjis has long been an active and eloquent voice for Mexico.  We are honored that he is speaking out in support of our recently-launched “Barro Aprobado” project to solve Mexico’s 500 year-old tradition of beautiful but deadly … Continue reading

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Fact Sheet: Mexico’s 500-year-old problem (Infographic)

Over 70% of the population of Mexico—an estimated 80 million Mexican men, women, and children—have blood lead levels above the WHO standard. The lead poisoning comes from their use of traditional Mexican pottery—the colorful plates, pots and other wares that you … Continue reading

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Tools of the Trade: The XRF Finds Toxic Hotspots in 30 Seconds

It is a small but powerful tool.  The handheld XRF (X-ray fluorescent) analyzer can identify toxic particles in soil in about 30 seconds, allowing remediation crews to quickly locate and determine the extent of any contamination, and potentially begin life-saving cleanup without … Continue reading

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