In a few weeks, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations’ Rotterdam Convention (RC) on the Prior Informed Consent Procedures for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade will meet for the eighth time (COP8). Pivotal to the success of the meeting and, indeed to the long-term viability of this multinational Convention, will be the decision taken regarding the inclusion of chrysotile (white) asbestos on a list of substances subject to mandatory trade regulations.
For over a hundred years the mining and use of asbestos was a profitable and powerful industry. Throughout most of that time, there were critics who pointed out the deadly price paid by human beings and the environment for asbestos dividends. With dwindling markets, stricter regulations and adverse developments on almost a daily basis, it is clear that this industry has now entered the end game, the outcome of which is inevitable: a shutdown of production, consumption and sale of the only type of asbestos still being used: chrysotile (white) asbestos.
Asbestos in schools is a “serious” problem which could threaten the health of children, a Government report has found, as it concluded that thousands of schools are failing to follow safety guidelines.
By Dr Gopal Krishna* After the stoppage of asbestos based factories in Muzaffarpur and Vaishali, following a complaint of ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA), the regional office of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change has sent a letter to Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) regarding violation of environmental laws by asbestos factories in…
A doctor in northern New South Wales expects a plethora of asbestos cases over the next few years, after the death of Ffloyd Laurie, who as a child played in asbestos tailings at the Baryulgil Public School.
KITAKYUSHU — Ken Takahashi has the ambitious goal of eliminating asbestos-related diseases. After leaving his post as a professor at the University of Occupational and Environmental Health (UOEH) in Kitakyushu, next month Takahashi will become the first Japanese to serve as director of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI), an institution in Sydney known for its globally advanced research on mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
In Australia, workers who mined and processed asbestos were called “Snowmen” because they’d emerge at the end of every shift covered in the white fibres. The companies who employed those men – firms like James Hardie and CSR – knew that their product was deadly and caused cancer. They mined it, processed it and soldMore
The Ankara Municipality has taken wide measures against potential diffusion of asbestos to the air as part of the dismantling work for a decades-old factory in central Ankara, which is certified of bearing 350 tons of the carcinogenic material inside its building
The Ministry of Labour yesterday announced the formation of a new working group tasked with gathering data on the precise prevalence of asbestos and its adverse effects in the Kingdom. Minister Ith Sam Heng yesterday said the group will compile data in order to prepare a national action plan and an effective prevention program on the risks of asbestos.
The government is seeking to tighten regulations for asbestos management. The Ministry of Environment said Tuesday it will expand a list of private after-school academies to conduct a biannual asbestos test on their facilities. Asbestos comes in many forms and long-term exposure causes cancer.
Did you ever wonder why sales of asbestos, a substance known to be carcinogenic, have remained at around two million tonnes a year throughout the 21st century? Even with mountains of evidence detailing the deadly repercussions of asbestos exposures and cemeteries of victims as visible proof of the dangers, some governments refuse to take action to protect their citizens
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