Category Archives: Uncategorized

Photo Essay
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

Posted in Latin America/Caribbean, Lead, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Photo Essay
Mexico: Changing A Beautiful, Yet Toxic, Tradition

Notes From The Field: Walking A Day To Seek Change In Kabwe

Joe Hayes, a hydrogeologist from the US, is a volunteer member of Pure Earth’s technical advisory board. Joe just returned from Kabwe, Zambia where he is helping to manage the cleanup of the lead-contaminated neighborhood of Chowa. “People in Kabwe … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off on Notes From The Field: Walking A Day To Seek Change In Kabwe

Fact Sheet: Mercury and Health

From the WHO Fact Sheet on Mercury and Health Key facts Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is found in air, water and soil. Exposure to mercury – even small amounts – may cause serious health problems, and is … Continue reading

Posted in Pollution Facts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fact Sheet: Mercury and Health

So Fresh And So Clean

“I am impressed with what has been done… and this comes as a relief not only to the people of Chowa, but the entire Kabwe population. We believe that when this project is completed, more lives will be safeguarded.”  — … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Lead, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off on So Fresh And So Clean

Nearly 100% Of Children In This Neighborhood Have Been Poisoned

Almost every single child in Chowa is suffering from lead poisoning. Nearly all of Chowa’s children were found to have blood lead levels that are ten to 20 times the CDC recommended level, which can be fatal. The source of the toxin?  A group … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off on Nearly 100% Of Children In This Neighborhood Have Been Poisoned

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

Posted in Latin America/Caribbean, Lead, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off on Dinner Served On 960 Pieces Of Lead-Free Pottery Sends Urgent Message Across Mexico

Global Commission On Pollution May Be The Game-Changer

On Oct 1, a panel of world leaders and key experts in the fields of pollution management, environmental health and sustainable development gathered in Geneva to launch the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development. Like the Stern Review, which brought … Continue reading

Posted in Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), News, Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off on Global Commission On Pollution May Be The Game-Changer

World’s Top Six Toxic Threats Affect 95 Million People, Steal 14.7 Million Years Of Life

A new report – The New Top Six Toxic Threats: A Priority List For Remediation – has been released by Pure Earth and Green Cross Switzerland. It is the tenth report in the World’s Worst Pollution Problems series that over the years has served … Continue reading

Posted in News, Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off on World’s Top Six Toxic Threats Affect 95 Million People, Steal 14.7 Million Years Of Life

A Tale Of Three Cleanups – Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Mexico

The best way to help communities clean up toxic sites is to advise and encourage, say Andrew McCartor, Bret Ericson and Sandra Gualtero. In the September issue of TCE magazine (The Chemical Engineer), the three Pure Earth program directors wrote about their … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Tale Of Three Cleanups – Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Mexico

Bellandur Lake On Fire From Excessive Pollution

This post is from one of our resourceful communications summer interns Alex Rivlin, who spotted this story and realized the connection to the work we do. How polluted does water have to be to become flammable? Bellandur Lake is just … Continue reading

Posted in News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bellandur Lake On Fire From Excessive Pollution