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Pure Earth’s Global Mercury Program:
Success By The Numbers

Pure Earth’s Global Mercury Program works around the world to eliminate mercury use and clean up contaminated sites to reduce mercury poisoning and protect the health of communities, especially children. Since artisanal and small-scale (ASGM) gold mining is responsible for … Continue reading

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Success By The Numbers

Brazil: Helping The Potters of Maragogipinho Go Lead Free

In May 2018, Pure Earth held a lead-free workshop for nine potters in Maragogipinho, Brazil. This was an important first step in helping a community, where some residents had blood lead levels as much as 15 times above the EPA’s level … Continue reading

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Colombia Lead Poisoning: More Children Can Now Sleep Safely With Lead-Free Mattresses

Imagine sleeping on lead-soaked mattresses. For years, parents in Malambo, Colombia, didn’t know that their children were sleeping on poison. Surround by five lead smelters, Malambo was heavily contaminated with lead. Over the years, lead had polluted the ground, settled … Continue reading

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Pollution and Climate Change – Twin Threats With Shared Sources, Solutions

Pollution and climate change are twin threats, or as the UN puts it, two sides of the same coin. If we solve pollution, we will not only impact climate change, but also save lives now. For too long, pollution and … Continue reading

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Children’s Lead Levels Fall 42% Following Cleanup in Kathgora, Bangladesh

When we returned to the small village of Kathgora, Bangladesh, just months after our remediation work, we found to our delight that the impact was already measurable in the healthier children we saw. Before our cleanup, tests of 75 children … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Chernobyl and Radikal

This summer, Pure Earth’s head of research, Dr. Jack Caravanos, visited Ukraine with his students from NYU’s College of Public Health. In addition to Chernobyl, probably the best-known polluted site in the country, Dr. Caravanos also met with Pure Earth’s … Continue reading

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Madagascar: United in Soccer and Pollution Cleanup

Andrew McCartor, Pure Earth’s director of global policy and planning, traveled to Madagascar to lead a meeting organized by UNICEF that brought together over 66 representatives from more than 34 agencies, organizations and businesses to discuss the country’s pollution challenges … Continue reading

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Plogging in the Philippines: HSBC and Pure Earth Raise Awareness About Pollution

This post is by Pure Earth intern Matthew Chakwin, who is studying Global Health at Georgetown University. August 2019–This June, over 130 volunteers from HSBC’s water programme in the Philippines did some plogging to raise awareness about pollution for Pure … Continue reading

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Pure Earth Pollution Experts From Around The World Gather To Share Stories: VIDEO

Pure Earth pollution experts from around the world recently gathered in New York to share updates on the progress being made solving pollution problems in their home communities and in countries spread out over five continents. The event, held at … Continue reading

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Two Pesticide Cleanups and a Wedding in Tajikistan, Near the Afghan Border

A Pure Earth team conducting pesticide cleanups was welcomed in home after home in Tajikistan. In an area near the Afghan border, where we had to pass through checkpoints and guards with guns, we were showered with hospitality. We were … Continue reading

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