Worlds worst pollution problems report 2010

This new report released by Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland highlights the top six toxic threats to global health.It ranks pollutants according to the number of people estimated to be at risk from each toxin and describes their physical nature, industries that typically cause their release, common human exposure pathways, and known health effects.






The 2010 World’ s Worst Pollution Problems Report identifies the Top Six Toxic Threats, and describes the scope and health impacts of each pollutant. The report is the fifth in a series of annual pollution reports released by Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland. This year’ s report is the most comprehensive to date, and draws on the substantial volume of research the organizations have conducted to identify and assess polluted sites. The global health impact from toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, pesticides and radionuclides, is greater than previously thought. Today, more than 100 million people are estimated to be at risk from toxic pollution at levels above international health standards. This is a public health issue as salient as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/ AIDS, and one that should receive considerable attention and resources.