Category Archives: Projects/Solutions

Protecting Children in Schools

As we’ve been harshly reminded, schools can sometimes be exposed to great danger. The tragedy last month got me thinking about what we are doing in schools in Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan. Although the threat is different, the response is the same – we … Continue reading

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Working with the “enemy”

I see the “us” and “them” mentality all too often especially when pollution is involved.  Take legacy pollution for example. Legacy pollution refers to what is left behind after the source of the contamination – say a polluting factory – … Continue reading

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One-Stop Shop For Pollution Solutions

Retailers figured it out a long time ago. They could improve business if they made shopping easier. So they began to offer consumers everything they might need under one roof. Hence the success and popularity of one-stop shops. In a … Continue reading

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Blacksmith’s Pollution Tipping Point with Karti Sandilya

In Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book The Tipping Point, he describes how little things can make a big difference, and he points to “connectors” – people who provide links to others – as a crucial element for bringing something to a … Continue reading

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A Solution To India’s Pollution Nightmare

I recently came across the article India’s Pollution Nightmare:  Can it be Tackled?, in which the author, Govindasamy Agoramoorthy, talks about three big perils plaguing India – polluting tanneries, lead contamination from informal battery recycling, and riverside industries that dump toxic waste into … Continue reading

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“Miracle” Mercury Recapturing Machine

This is what I like to call our “miracle” mercury recapturing machine. Using simple, low-cost retorts like the one pictured here, Blacksmith has been able to reduce the amount of toxic mercury released into the atmosphere by an estimated 4,000 … Continue reading

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Read All About it – God’s Paradise Starts to Shed World’s Worst Polluted Label

“God’s Paradise Will be Removed from World’s Worst Polluted Places” “Declared Green Zone at God’s Paradise – Happiness Where There Was Once Contamination.” “Park Provides Health at God’s Paradise” These local headlines tell the story. Twelve days ago, Paraíso de … Continue reading

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Innovations and Collaborations this September

I am glad to report that the Rockefeller Foundation has invited us back to the Bellagio Center in Italy this September to reconvene the next international meeting about the Health and Pollution Fund (HPF) – the planned $500 million public … Continue reading

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Back from Mexico – Removing Lead from a Tradition

Just returned from Mexico with Blacksmith’s globe-trotting program officer Bret Ericson (who’s also the task manager for our global inventory project).  For me, Mexico always brings to mind wonderful, colorful pottery, perhaps because there is a such a strong ceramics … Continue reading

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Video of gold miners in Indonesia – Mercury: The Burning Issue

I first blogged about the toxic connection between gold and mercury back in December in my post All That Glitters, when the price of gold reached a record high.  Back then, we asked you to join our December Holiday Challenge … Continue reading

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