Tag Archives: blacksmith institute

Meet Blacksmith’s Global Team

Blacksmith experts from around the world gathered  in New York in early April to discuss remediation work in their home countries, share ideas and plan future projects. Among them are lecturers, doctors, engineers, researchers and other pollution and public health experts, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Meet Blacksmith’s Global Team

Mercury Negotiations Recharged With Hot Chocolate and Cookies

I attended the INC5 mercury negotiations in Geneva last month along with members of the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) from the EU, UNEP, UNIDO, and GIZ, and representatives from SAICM and various countries including Peru and Uruguay. … Continue reading

Posted in Projects/Solutions | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Mercury Negotiations Recharged With Hot Chocolate and Cookies

Pollution Lessons from History

News about pollution has lately been dominated by reporting on China’s increasingly toxic air, water and land.  All this attention is crucial because it is the catalyst to change. We don’t know when or where, but change is bound to … Continue reading

Posted in Projects/Solutions | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Pollution Lessons from History

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

Posted in Projects/Solutions | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Protecting Children in Schools

Detoxing Polluted Rice Paddies With Lime

Rice Paddies are the cradle of life in many countries.  But some have become conduits of death and disease because of industrial pollution. A famous case of rice padi poisoning was documented in Toyama prefecture in Japan in the 1960s. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Detoxing Polluted Rice Paddies With Lime

From Elections to Pollution – Data is Key

One of the most interesting outcomes of this U.S. election is that it has reminded us that data is king.

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on From Elections to Pollution – Data is Key

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

Posted in Projects/Solutions | Tagged , | Comments Off on Working with the “enemy”

Gold Mining in Tanzania

Recently, a young environmentalist, who had done some work for Blacksmith, returned from Tanzania with some fascinating photographs and stories to share. Madeline and her friend Evan were there to help the Kilimanjaro Hope Organization (KIHO), a small NGO established … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

New Lead Limits for U.S. Children Expose Plight of Others

The CDC recently lowered the recommended limit for lead exposure in young children from 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, to 5. This means that lead levels above 5 ug dl in children will now be considered unsafe. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off on New Lead Limits for U.S. Children Expose Plight of Others

Mother’s Day in some of the world’s worst polluted places

Update (May 2015):  Did you know that women and children in low- and middle-income countries are the most vulnerable victims of toxic pollution?  While children under six make up only 20% of the world’s population, over 40% of the global … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Mother’s Day in some of the world’s worst polluted places