January 27, 2015, New York, NY — Diseases like Ebola, HIV and Malaria capture headlines while pollution steadily kills nearly 9 million people every year and cripples the health of 200 million more. Children suffer the worst impacts. Extreme pollution also chokes development and drains billions from fragile economies. But this is one global problem we know how to solve.
This year’s report, Top Ten Countries Turning the Corner on Toxic Pollution- 2014, tells the remarkable stories of 10 successful cleanup projects that are saving lives, improving community health and restoring the environment. From Vietnam to Kyrgyzstan to Senegal, the success of these projects was the result of unique partnerships and creative solutions like replacing deadly backyard lead battery recycling with hydroponic gardens.
New research shows nearly half the children in Mexico impacted by lead poisoning, at risk for Mild Mental Retardation and other serious health impacts; lead exposure from pottery is the principal cause. (Spanish-language version), Dec. 11, 2014
New Analysis Points To Pollution As The Largest Cause of Death in Low- and Middle-Income Countries; Global Alliance Urges Higher Priority For Comprehensive Approach to Pollution in SDGs, June 13, 2014
GAHP, Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, to release new analysis showing combined sources of pollution are the top cause of death in the developing world, killing more than 10 million per year, yet the draft of the new Sustainable Development Goals on Health downplays the issue, June 9, 2014
“Slumdog Millionaire” Actor/Activist DEV PATEL Launches “Pure Earth” Campaign with Blacksmith Institute, Explains Urgent Need To Fight Toxic Pollution Threatening Poor Children, April 28, 2014 (Related: Q&A with Dev Patel )
Toxic Waste Sites Cause ‘Healthy Years of Life Lost’, May 4, 2013
New Pollution Report Measures Global Health Impact Across 49 Countries; Reveals Pollution To Be Critical Threat On Par With Malaria, TB; Identifies Top Ten Toxic Industries Responsible. 2012 World’s Worst Pollution Problems Report Released by Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland, Oct 23, 2012
New Global Alliance Seeks to Tackle Toxic Pollution Hotspots, July 30, 2012
New Report Is First to Quantify Health Impacts From World’s Worst Toxic Pollution Problems; Report Identifies Top Pollution Problems and Sources; Reveals Surprising Finding About Corporations and Pollution, Nov. 9, 2011