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Fact Sheet: What is the #1 Childhood Environmental Health Threat Globally?

“Lead Poisoning from improper automotive battery recycling activities is the number one childhood environmental health threat globally”. —  Dr. Jack Caravanos, CUNY professor and research lead at Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth While lead pollution can result from a … Continue reading


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The Mystery of Mining Waste Dumped In An Armenian School

Beyond Akhtala, the site of our very first cleanup project in Armenia (read more in Armenia’s Toxic 10th-Century Monastery), our team came across various other polluted sites including a school, which apparently had been used as an informal dumping ground by a … Continue reading


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CDC’s MMWR Features Our Findings on Lead in Kabwe’s Children

The latest issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the main resource for key public health information and recommendations from the CDC, features field notes from our July trip to Kabwe, where we found devastating levels of lead poisoning … Continue reading


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Armenia’s Toxic 10th-Century Monastery (PHOTOS)

The modern world has finally caught up with Akhtala, a historic town with a 10th-century monastery and church in Armenia. Years of mining and metals processing have provided jobs to the community, but at a grave cost.  The grounds of the historic … Continue reading


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Kabwe’s Children’s Silent Struggles

This guest post is from Ben Barber, who visited Kabwe with the Blacksmith for a Pure Earth team in July. We arrived last July in one of the world’s most toxic hotspots — Kabwe, a city of about 200,000 just … Continue reading


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Pollution: 17 Facts That Might Surprise You

Think you know about pollution? Here are 15 facts about toxic pollution that you might not have known about. Pollution is the #1 cause of death in the developing world.  It kills about 10 million people a year. Pollution causes … Continue reading

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Wishing for a soccer field that does not kill

Blacksmith is launching the cleanup of a lead-contaminated soccer field in Cinangka, Indonesia, so that children in the village can play without being poisoned. The project, starting this month, is being undertaken with GAHP’s help in collaboration with the Indonesian … Continue reading

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