Category Archives: Pollution Facts

In Photos: Teaching Artisanal Gold Miners To Extract Gold Without Mercury

Meet Filipino gold miners Leoncio Na-Oy (pictured below, right) and Rudy Onos. Over the past few years, Pure Earth has been working with Leoncio and Rudy to test and teach a century-old, traditional method of mercury-free gold mining Leoncio rediscovered in his … 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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Fact Sheet: The Toxic Toll of Mercury – Facts, Figures and the Future of “Dancing Cat Fever” Disease

  It has been over 50 years since the first sign of mass mercury poisoning emerged in Minamata, Japan. Cats in the village started staggering and tilting, doing a strange “dancing cat fever.” Then people started acting the same way. … Continue reading

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Top Ten Things You Might Not Know About Pollution

See updated version: 15 Pollution Facts that Might Surprise You Pollution is a topic that often gets buried by talk of conservation, climate change, sustainability and energy issues.  Perhaps because it is a complex subject with lots of sources and … Continue reading

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