Presentation: The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health

Monday, October 23 Join Pure Earth for a presentation on the findings of The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, including a briefing and reception with light lunch. The Lancet is the world’s oldest and most prestigious health journal, and will be releasing a landmark report that analyzes the massive scope of the health and economic costs of air, water, and soil pollution on October 19, 2017. This event in New York City will be one of the many launch events/briefings around the world, including Washington, D.C.; Brussels; Ottawa; and Delhi.  

The Commission on Pollution and Health is an initiative of The Lancetthe Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, with additional coordination and input from the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank. The aim of the Commission is to reduce air, soil, and water pollution by communicating the extraordinary health and economic costs of pollution globally; providing actionable solutions to policy-makers; and dispelling the myth of pollution’s inevitability.

Click here to download the event flyer, and read more about The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health here.

The Most Toxic Town in the World – Visited by Jack Caravanos

Kabwe, Zambia is the world’s most toxic town according to pollution experts. Fumes from a large state-owned smelter that closed in 1994 produced lead levels that are as much as 100 times the recommended safety levels, damaging the organs of generations of children and affecting thousands of people every day. The effects of lead poisoning cannot be reversed, including brain damage, paralysis, blindness, and death.

“It is shocking to think that we are here in 2017 and that problem we have known about for decades is still here,” said Jack Caravanos, an environmental health professor at New York University and advisor to Pure Earth. Fortunately, two years ago, non-profit organizations like Environment Africa and Pure Earth began to clean up homes using workers from the community, targeting the most polluted homes first and replacing their yards with clean soil. In addition to the ongoing work from these organizations, a new $65MM project for Kabwe and three other copperbelt mining areas would offer constant medical surveillance and treatment programs to anyone with high blood lead levels, pending its approval. Caravanos believes that though Kabwe may never be a lead-free town, it can be a lead safe town. Click here to read more on this story from The Guardian.