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Teaching Scientists in Developing Countries to Write

Ben Barber | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Ben Barber

Kenyan scientist Faridah Hussein Were found it tough to publish her research in top journals until she took a new course designed by AuthorAID and Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth that taught her how to write for international journals.

African Lead Mine Poisons Children

Ben Barber | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Ben Barber

From the screaming children being tested for lead in this African city, to the clouds of toxic dust blown across soccer fields, streets and courtyards, this is one of the world's worst lead poisoning epidemics.

The Top 10 Toxic List

Ben Barber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Ben Barber

Some 200 million people around the world are increasingly threatened by toxic wastes such as lead, mercury, chromium and radioactivity according to a new report listing the ten most dangerous threats in the world.

Getting Lead Out of Mexican Pots and Kids

Ben Barber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ben Barber

It was only in 1991, when the daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico was found to have high lead in her blood, that the outcry began to grow in both the United States and Mexico to end the use of lead glaze on pottery.

Lead, Chromium Rob Millions of Health

Ben Barber | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Ben Barber

The damage to the mental and physical health of children and adults from lead, chromium and other toxic wastes has emerged as equal to the risk of malaria in three Asian countries -- India, Indonesia and the Philippines -- a new report shows.

140 Countries Vow to Cut Toxic Mercury Release

Ben Barber | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
Ben Barber

More than 140 countries meeting in Geneva last month signed off on a pact to curb the release of toxic mercury around the world by giant coal-burning power plants as well as 13 million poor artisanal gold miners.

Asian Gold Miners Use Borax to Replace Toxic Mercury

Ben Barber | Posted 01.27.2013 | Green
Ben Barber

Each year tens of thousands of people are poisoned by toxic mercury spewed into the air, land and water by small-scale gold miners in Indonesia and other low income countries where production has soared as gold prices skyrocketed.

125 Million Threatened by Global Pollution

Ben Barber | Posted 01.06.2013 | World
Ben Barber

As developing countries from Peru to China become industrialized, millions of tons of toxic pollution are being spread around by batteries, factories and mines -- placing at least 125 million people at risk of death or disease.

Worms Clean Toxic Metals From Indian Soil

Ben Barber | Posted 12.08.2012 | Technology
Ben Barber

The key to success has been that the worms burrow up to five feet deep into the contaminated soil, soak up heavy metals and other toxins, and then come to the surface without releasing the toxins.

Cleaning Mercury Out of Indonesian Gold

Ben Barber | Posted 05.30.2012 | Green
Ben Barber

The rivers of Indonesia's Kalimantan provinces seem pristine and free of the toxic stuff floating around in the Hudson and the Potomac rivers, but thousands of gold miners are pouring toxic mercury into the air.