- json version
- email this article
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
by ban Asbestos now
Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2012 at 7:09 AM
National and International Epidemiology Organisations Launch Call for a Global Ban on Asbestos
In a Statement released today, national and international organisations that study the causes and prevention of disease epidemics, call, for the first time, for a global ban on the mining, use, and export of all forms of asbestos. The Statement has already been endorsed by over 150 public health, civil society organizations and individual scientists from twenty countries.
“Continued use of asbestos will lead to a public health disaster of asbestos-related illness and premature death for decades to come, repeating the epidemic we are witnessing today in industrialised countries that used asbestos in the past,” stated Dr. Stanley Weiss, chair of the Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (JPC-SE), which released the Statement today. The JPC-SE comprises a number of Canadian, U.S. and international epidemiology organisations.
“We call specifically on the major asbestos exporting countries – Brazil, Canada, Kazakhstan, and Russia – to respect the right to health by ceasing the mining, use, and export of asbestos, and providing transition assistance to their asbestos-mining communities,” said Dr. Robert Hiatt, representing the American College of Epidemiology.
“The asbestos industry continues today to undermine public health policy by denying the overwhelming scientific evidence and promoting asbestos use in developing countries,” said Professor Colin Soskolne, PhD, past-president of the Canadian Society of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. “According to the WHO, over a hundred thousand people around the world die unnecessary and painful deaths every year as a result.”
“With irrefutable scientific evidence of harm to human health resulting from exposure to all forms of asbestos, we considered it to be of critical importance to take a clear position in support of the objective scientific evidence that all use of asbestos should stop,” said Dr. Weiss. The 25-page Statement, which details the latest scientific research, expresses “grave concern that the governments of Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam are recklessly putting their own and other citizens in peril by allowing asbestos mining and trading to take place.”
The Statement urges countries to inform their citizens of the hazards of asbestos and to establish an inventory of asbestos already in place, particularly in schools where children are at risk of exposure.
The Statement notes that the asbestos industry has used tactics of intimidation to try to silence scientists. It urges public health organisations to support the right of scientists and academics to carry out their work in the public interest free from intimidation
Report this post as:
black activista, white racists meet to discuss civil rights
Q: are we safely anonymous on Indy or can someone chose to find us for their personal ...
Meeting for upcoming April 4, Dr. King Workshop.
Race Discrimination in Los Angeles County
Indymedia being inundated by repeaters
Divestment defeated at UC Riverside
LA Workers Ask for Solidarity
Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Supports Hundreds of Residents
West Hollywood Police Department: "We Don't Need a Reason to Interrogate Pedestrians"
The Rent Crisis in Los Angeles
National Reparations Day at Tragniew Park in Compton , March 6 , 2014
California Safe Schools Celebrates Pearl August Humanitarian Award Recipients
Taking over public areas by homeless means overuse not moderate fair-share-use
KPFK turmoils continue, this one comes from Christine Blosedale critics
Los Angeles Marches in the Second Global March Against Chemtrails & Geoengineering
Joseph Pitruzzelli, The Hypocrisy Never Ends.
The Anti-Artist of LA Arts District Joseph Pitruzzlli, Falsely Praised as "Good Neighbor".
Activist Sentenced to 2.5 Years for Wire Cutters
CITIZENS TO PICKET WEHO CITY COUNCIL
On MLK Day: Racist Bullying Cover-up In Riverside Dear Coach Rice
The Kelly Thomas Protest In Fullerton
Interview with Chuck MorseHe founded the Institute for Anarchist Studies
KPFK SECRECY, TURMOILS, CONFLICTS, OPAQUENESS, and HYPOCRISY too ?
Marx, White Supremacy and the Left
Fukushima Keeps Pouring Poisons Into Pacific
KPFK: self-destructing? or is it again the usual dysfunctioning?
Protesting Xavier Becerra's Support of TPP
John Dingler's "Ten Prosecuted Whistleblowers
More Local News...
Gerrard Winstanley Memes
The clash in Crimea is the fruit of western expansion
Big Lies Drown Out Truth
Israel Denies 45,000 Palestinians Water
CASTORIADIS. THE HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION .pdf
CASTORIADIS. THE HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION .pdf
The Snowdown - Wikileaks - Sibel Edmonds - Whistleblower Effect By Zahir Ebrahim
Getting Past Snowdown - Wikileaks - Sibel Edmonds - Whistleblower Effects By Zahir Ebrahim
Walking the New Broadway
Spring 2014 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert!
Israel Hypes Nonexistent Iranian Threat
Putin v. Obama: Geopolitical Opposites
Talking Peace While Waging War
Ongoing Operation Gladio Redux in Pakistan Written by Zahir Ebrahim
The Shortwave Report 03/07/14 Listen Globally!
Propaganda War on Russia
Evidence Shows Kiev Putschists Recruited Euromaidan Snipers
Global turn-around: to persuade Western Powers to adopt 'bottom-up' ethical human rights.
Crisis in Ukraine
Media Scoundrels on the Wrong Side of History
California Drought: Is this the big one?
"Fair Harvard" Lacks Fairness
RENT may not be Controlled in LA City soon...watch out !
TTIP: International Mega-corporations prevent social and ecological globalization
East/West Confrontation Looms
Scoundrel Media War on Russia
Interview with Jose Maria Sison
Structural Weaknesses of Capitalism
More Breaking News...