According to a recent statement from Quebec-based LAB Chrysotile, Canada’s last fully operational asbestos mine is on the verge of closing. In fact, it could be forced to shut down in November for an undetermined period of time.
2016.01.06: Independant - How the world's biggest asbestos factory tried to stop campaigners exposing the killer dust's dangers
Secret industry documents seen by The Independent reveal that the executives at Rochdale-based asbestos giant Turner and Newall monitored people they considered to be “subversive” and kept a dossier on their activities at the height of the debate about the mineral’s safety in the 1980s.
But rather like Al Capone being done for tax avoidance, the counterfeit part supplier in question has issued a recall notice not because the brake pads supplied were branded as Toyota parts – which Toyota insists they are definitely not – but because they contained asbestos.
The law protects the Ministry of Defence (MoD) from being sued for compensation for illness or injury caused before 1987. This means some 2,500 Royal Navy veterans who will die of mesothelioma from asbestos exposure on ships decades ago can only apply for a war pension.
2015.07.14: EESC - European Committees raise alarm on Europe's silent epidemic. Asbestos related deaths predicted to double those of road deaths
From social housing to Royal housing, no property and person is immune. One expert reported during the conference on soon to be published figures placing the total number of estimated deaths in Europe at 47,000 per year, 50% higher than previously thought and double those related to road accidents.
2015.07.08; CNN - Group finds asbestos in children's crayons, toy crime lab kits
The EWG Action Fund is calling for a ban on asbestos in consumer products after it found traces of the carcinogen in children's crayons and toy crime lab kits.
2015-07-01: Canberra Times - Release of Mr Fluffy list creates anxiety for the territory's tradies
Thousands of tradespeople across the territory will get confirmation they could have been exposed to toxic loose-fill asbestos as the list of Mr Fluffy houses is made public for the first time. The list, which has until today been fiercely guarded by the ACT government, will show all 1022 homes that were insulated with the Mr Fluffy fibres in the 1970s.
2015-06-07: Yahoo - India asbestos industry thrives despite health warnings
A pariah product in most of the West, blamed for thousands of deaths, asbestos is hugely popular in the developing world -- including in India, where it's a $1.4 billion growing industry.
2015.05.27: Huffington Post - What Is Asbestos?: Health Risks And How To Stay Protected
As many as 30,000 police officers may have come into contact with asbestos, the Metropolitan Police have said.
A large number of buildings used for firearms training between 1980 and 2007 may have contained had asbestos, which can pose a serious threat to health.
2015.04.07: Bangkok Post -
Activists urge 'clear stand' on asbestos with Russian PM
FTA Watch, the Thailand Ban Asbestos Network and a group of health academics monitoring the asbestos issue made the call to coincide with the visit of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Thailand,...
2015.04.07: Bangkok Post - Medvedev arriving for talks
Economic cooperation and defence issues will top the agenda in talks between Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, who is paying an official visit.
2015.02.03: Pop Tort - Asbestos, Yum!
In 1933, the Johns-Manville Company settled with 11 former Manville employees, all of whom were sick and dying from exposure to Manville's lethal toxin, asbestos. As part of the settlement, the victims’ attorney was forced to sign a written promise that he would not “directly or indirectly participate in the bringing of new actions against the Corporation.”
2015.01.06: Western News - People of Libby have been hoodwinked by the EPA
It is only when you put on personal monitors and do aggressive air testing that one begins to see what people are actually exposed to and why. It is only then that one can begin to determine whether or not a place is safer, and why.
2015.01.04: SFGATE - Asbestos victim wages resolute battle to ban deadly substance
Paul Zygielbaum — who suffers from deadly, asbestos-caused mesothelioma — and his wife, Michelle, fix a snack at home in Santa Rosa. Sixty nations ban asbestos, but the industry’s clout has stifled efforts to eradicate it in the United States.
2014.12.24: Kathmandu Post - Govt bans import, use of asbestos
The government has banned the import, purchase and use of carcinogenic mineral fibre asbestos, which is used as construction material, saying that it is causing serious public health complications.
2014.12.17: SurvivingMesothelioma: Mesothelioma Risk from Aging Asbestos Water Pipes
Could asbestos from aging water pipes put you and your family at risk for deadly malignant mesothelioma?
2014.12.17: News.com: Asbestos pushed in Asia
Outlawed in much of the developed world, it is still going strong in the developing one. In India alone, the world's biggest asbestos importer, it's a $US2 billion ($A2.16 billion) industry providing 300,000 jobs.
2014.12.08: Medical Press - Asbestos: An ongoing challenge to global health
Challenges to global health can evolve from policies and decisions that take years or decades to unfold. An article in the current issue of the Annals of Global Health describes the current state of asbestos use worldwide, a story that began over 100 years ago, and the real and contrived controversies regarding asbestos.
2014.12.05: PRWeb - Italian Scientists Find Higher Mesothelioma Rates Among Residents than Workers at an Asbestos Cement Plant, According to Surviving Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma researchers in Milan, Italy have released a report illustrating the devastating health impact that an asbestos plant can have on people in the surrounding region. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted a new article on the research on its website
2014.11.30: Bangkok Post - The battle to ban asbestos
Its health risks are well documented, but some Thai industry leaders insist the material can be used safely and are digging in against a push to outlaw it
2014.11.28: PRWEB - Study Finds Historical Dust Levels for Drywall Workers Likely Exceeded Current Mesothelioma Safety Standards
According to Surviving Mesothelioma Chicago study finds DIYers among the groups most likely to be exposed to mesothelioma-causing asbestos dust.
2014.11.07: Cambera Times: Canberra builder dodges asbestos bullet thanks to quick thinking
A Canberra builder has narrowly escaped asbestos exposure after his suspicions were aroused by an ultra-cheap plasterboard sourced by a client.
WorkSafe ACT Commissioner Mark McCabe said the builder was amazed to learn his client had shipped the sheets from Brisbane to Canberra for less than similar material could be bought locally.
2014-10-14: Associated Press - Asbestos Pushed in Asia as Product for the Poor
New Delhi — Outlawed in much of the developed world, asbestos is still going strong in the developing one. In India alone, the world's biggest asbestos importer, it's a $2 billion industry providing 300,000 jobs. The International Labor Organization, World Health Organization, medical researchers and more than 50 countries say the mineral should be banned; asbestos fibers lodge in the lungs and cause disease. The ILO estimates 100,000 people die from workplace exposure every year.
2014.10.10: US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health - Mesothelioma in a Wine Cellar Man: Detailed Description of Working Procedures and Past Asbestos Exposure Estimation.
The man had worked as a winemaker from 1960 to 1988 in a farm, which in those years produced around 2500 hectoliters of wine per year, mostly white. The wine was filtered to remove impurities; the filter was created by dispersing in the wine asbestos fibers followed by diatomite while the wine was circulating several times and clogging a prefilter made of a dense stainless steel net. Chrysotile asbestos was the sole asbestos mineralogical variety used in these filters and exposure could occur during the phase of mixing dry fibers in the wine and during the filter replacement.
2014.09.06: BAN-ASBESTOS-INDIA - How the Asbestos industry is pushing its lies in India
The industry's wonder product, though, is one whose very name evokes the opposite: asbestos. A largely outlawed scourge to the developed world, it is still going strong in the developing one, and killing tens of thousands of people each year.
"We're here not only to run our businesses, but to also serve the nation," said Abhaya Shankar, a director of India's Asbestos Cement Products Manufacturers Association.
2012.09.05: Mail & Guardian - Playing in the shadow of asbestos mine dumps
A ministry is caring for Swazi Aids orphans in the abandoned mining town of Bulembu in northern Swaziland, despite health warnings.
2014.09.01: Telegraph - ASBESTOS: THE KILLER THAT STILL SURROUNDS US
For most of us, mesothelioma has been an easy disease to ignore. Asbestos, after all, is a product of the past. The most dangerous type of asbestos has not been used in Britain since the 1960s, when a voluntary industry ban came into effect. Even when it was used, only people in specific industries worked closely with it – pipe laggers, builders, carpenters and shipyard workers, for example.
2014.08.29: The Economic Voice - Asbestos Exposure: Important Facts for Air Force and Army Veterans
The use of asbestos in construction was widespread throughout the best part of the 20th century, and the U.S Armed Forces had many installations that used the material up to the end of the 1970s when regulations changed.
2014.08.13: The Hindu - Asbestos: product for the poor in Asia
The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at a conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world’s poorest people.
2014.07.28: VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam ignores scientists’ warnings about asbestos use
Despite the World Health Organization’s (WHO) strong warnings against the use of asbestos (chrysotile) and the ban of asbestos in many countries, Vietnam continues to use it because of its cheap costs.
2014.06.15: Radio NZ - New warning on white asbestos risk
"Its effect was previously masked by the fact that most people working with asbestos smoked as well. As people have stopped smoking, the rate of decline of lung cancer has not been as great as people had thought it would be, in other words, chrysotile asbestos is not quite as benign as some of the older guidelines suggest."
2014.05.28: Yale Alumni Magazine - Alumni ask Yale to revoke honorary degree
After an Italian criminal court convicted Schmidheiny—a billionaire Swiss industrialist turned environmentalist and philanthropist—of causing an “environmental disaster” and thousands of asbestos-related deaths, the alumni joined a transnational campaign calling on Yale to rescind his honorary degree.
2014.03.18: Telelegramme - Amiante. Professionnels, collectivités et autorités concernés
L’agglomération briochine n’est pas la seule à se poser des questions sur l’amiante et à s’interroger sur les nouvelles réglementations.
2014.03.06: Herald Sun - Asbestos danger at Darwin dump
Anthropologist Dr Bill Day - who took a sample for testings - said chrysotile asbestos, which is found in insulation, was evident at the Ludmilla Heights dumping site off Dick Ward Drive. He said the discovery was a worry for the residents at Minmarama Village, and the environment. "Kids go playing in there, the transporting trucks bring dust past the community's properties - it's alarming," he said.
2014.03.01: TVNZ News - Asbestos in KiwiRail locomotives 'a death sentence'
The rail workers' union says asbestos found in the cab of a KiwiRail locomotive could be "a death sentence" for drivers and engineers. KiwiRail's new Chinese-built locomotives are again off the tracks, this time after the discovery of toxic asbestos under flaking paint in one of the cabs.
2014.02.24: WDSU News - Poor conditions at school lead some to call for removal of students
RSD rep says state investigators who visited the site last fall made no mention of mold in their report. Even so authorities moved up plans to renovate the entire facility two years, closing the school this summer.
"We are making good on our promise to provide a state of the art facility for our students. At the same time we must make academic progress at a faster clip than we are today. Speeding up this renovation will help speed up the day when students can benefit from a world-class education at the facility," said Dobard.
2014.02.19: Independent - Scientists ask for sufferers of the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma to step forward to boost research
Scientists looking into possible treatments for the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma are asking patients and their families to help steer future clinical research.
A survey has been launched aimed at better understanding the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with the disease, dubbed the “hidden killer” by the Health and Safety Executive.
2014.02.02: Lyon Capitale - Amiante la liste des 94 ecoles touchees
Interrogee, la Ville de Lyon assure mener une politique de desamiantage preventif et appliquer le princeipe de precaution. Si des travaux de retrait des materiaux incrimines ont eu lieu on sont prevus dans certains batiments, tous les etablissements ne sont pas concernes. Eplications.
2014.02.01: Bangkok Post - Narong backs outlawing all asbestos use
Permanent secretary for Public Health Narong Sahametapat has backed a push to outlaw the use of all asbestos in Thailand.
His stance has been welcomed by civil society groups which had been campaigning for an asbestos ban for two years.
2014.01.30: Legal News Line - Google appeals defamation lawsuit by asbestos cement manufacturer
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – Internet giant Google has filed an appeal in a criminal defamation lawsuit alleging an asbestos-containing cement manufacturer from India was defamed through Google’s blogging service.
2014.01.10: Rail Journal - Importer faces fine after asbestos found in Chinese locos
AUSTRALIAN rolling stock supplier Bradken could face a fine of up to $A 850,000 ($US 756,000) for overseeing the import of two diesel locomotives from CSR Ziyang, China, that were subsequently found to be contaminated with asbestos.
2013.12.05: ABC - Stoner closes road through Barraba's derelict asbestos mine
Andrew Stoner says the public health risks to keep open the road, known as Crow Mountain Road, are far too high with deposits of Chrysotile, or white asbestos considered to be a carcinogen, present at the Woodsreef mine.
2011.12.11: France Info - Tour Montparnasse : de l'amiante circule par les gaines d'aération
Un rapport d'expert, consulté mercredi par l'AFP, indique que les gaines d'aération et les gaines techniques situées dans la Tour Montparnasse peuvent véhiculer de l'amiante au sein du bâtiment. L'expertise avait été ordonnée à la suite d'un arrêté préfectoral pris au mois d'août après des dépassements répétés des seuils de pollution. La Tour Montparnasse est en cours de désamiantage depuis sept ans.
2013.12.09: France Info - Amiante : trois questions autour de la mise en examen de Martine Aubry
Revirement de situation pour Martine Aubry. La Cour de cassation a invalidé l'annulation de sa mise en examen, ainsi que celle de huit autres personnes, dans l'affaire de l'amiante, mardi 10 décembre.
La maire PS de Lille avait vu cette mise en examen annulée par la cour d'appel de Paris en mai dernier. L'Association nationale des victimes de l'amiante s'était alors pourvue en cassation. Francetv info revient sur cette affaire.
2013.11.26: ABC - Asbestos scare strikes Chinese imports to Australia
Railway workers have been exposed to potentially hazardous asbestos after the deadly dust was found in locomotives brought in from China. It's a breach of a 10-year ban on the import of products containing the carcinogenic fibre. It's not the first incident of its kind and unions are now demanding tougher policing of Chinese imports, describing the current asbestos-free certificates as a farce.
2013.10.30: The Press - Company charged over hospital asbestos
The Government has laid charges following an investigation into asbestos exposure at Christchurch Hospital. Two contractors were allegedly exposed to white asbestos while working on earthquake repairs on the hospital roof earlier this year.
2013.10.23: The norther Ecco - Residents of Bowburn recall a village once covered in white asbestos dust
MARK Hunter vividly recalls the film of white dust settling on everything as he grew up in a former mining village.
2013.10.21: Salon - Facing asbestos lawsuits, paper giant launched research program
In the spring of 2005, Georgia-Pacific Corp. found itself facing nearly $1 billion in liability from a product it hadn’t made in nearly three decades: a putty-like building material, known as joint compound, containing the cancer-causing mineral asbestos.
2013.10.04: The Scotman - Edinburgh Uni urged to axe asbestos claim academic
Ken Donaldson, emeritus professor at the institution, coauthored papers which the New York Supreme Court heard “intended to cast doubt on the capability of chrysotile asbestos to cause cancer”.
2013.09.27: Courant - Asbestos Victims Ask Yale To Revoke Honorary Degree Of Former Factory Owner
Seventeen years after Yale University gave Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny an honorary doctorate of humane letters for environmental stewardship, a group of asbestos illness survivors and family members in Italy is asking the university to revoke the degree.
2013.09.12: Stow Today - Murky future for mine site
Thirty million tons of asbestos-laced rock at the former Vermont Asbestos Group mine in Eden and Lowell isn’t going anywhere, despite a settlement agreement between the mine’s owner and the State of Vermont last week.
2013.09.11: YubaNet - EPA Moves to Fire 9/11 Whistleblower - Again
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientist who raised the alarm about dangers to First Responders and residents at the World Trade Center conflagration has received a proposed removal more than a year after a federal civil service court ordered her returned to work, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). EPA re-filed the same charges from 2010 which had been thrown out for violations of her constitutional due process rights.
2013.08.19: Bloomberg - Eternit Slumps in Sao Paulo After Asbestos Contamination Lawsuit
Eternit SA (ETER3), a Brazilian construction materials manufacturer, fell as prosecutors said they would seek as much as 1 billion reais ($420 million) of compensation on behalf of workers exposed to asbestos.
2013.07.21 Missoulian - Radiologists study Libby asbestos victims exposed as children
People exposed to amphibole asbestos in Libby who develop lung disease largely suffer from pleural fibrosis, in which amphibole fibers migrate out of the lungs and invade the pleural, or outside, lining. They cause a layer of tissue, or scarring, around the lung. As the layer gets thicker, it loses elasticity and makes it more difficult for the lungs to expand. Patients experience shortness of breath and even death, Black said.
2013.07.15: Herald Tribune - Health Risk Alert Due to 800 Tons of Asbestos Dumped in Mexico
MEXICO CITY – More than 800 tons of asbestos from Russia were dumped eight months ago at the Mexican Gulf coast port of Veracruz and represents a health risk for the population, the Reforma newspaper reported Saturday.
2013.07.12: New York Times - City in Russia Unable to Kick Asbestos Habit
Russia — This city of about 70,000 people on the eastern slopes of the Ural Mountains is a pleasant enough place to live except for one big drawback: when the wind picks up, clouds of carcinogenic dust blow through.
2013.07.12: The News International- Two million Karachiites face cancer threat
ISLAMABAD: A personal loss has unfolded a collective tragedy in Karachi where a factory dumping site in Gadap Town exposes over two million residents to cancer-causing chemicals (Chrysotile asbestos) that annually take 100,000 lives at the global level resulting in its ban in 52 countries.
2013.06.23: The Nation - Asbestos an untamed and silent killer thriving on ignorance
Companies only concerned about factory safety No proper warning signs for handlers Canada has restricted but still exports CAA mulling alternatives The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) is exploring the possibility of recommending alternatives to asbestos due to the hazardous effects of the material.
2013.06.13: Illawarra Mercury - Third wave’ of asbestos victims diagnosed
Now, the third or ''bystander'' wave is engulfing people such as Krsevan and includes home renovators and women who washed their husband's dust-laden overalls. Australian mountaineer Lincoln Hall, for example, died last year from asbestos exposure decades earlier, when he helped his father build two cubbyhouses using asbestos cement sheets.
2013.06.03: ReutersReuters - Swiss billionaire gets 18 years jail for Italian asbestos deaths
A billionaire Swiss industrialist convicted for his part in Italy's biggest asbestos scandal had his jail sentence lengthened to 18 years on Monday, in a ruling campaigners said would set a precedent for work-safety lawsuits. Stephan Schmidheiny, found guilty of negligence that led to more than 2,000 asbestos-related deaths, was also ordered to pay millions of euros in damages to local authorities, victims and their families by an appeals court in Turin.
2013.05.13: New Scientist - Move to restrict asbestos trade blocked
An attempt to blunt the threat of asbestos in developing countries has failed. Russia and six allies last week blocked a move to have chrysotile, or white asbestos, listed under a UN convention that requires member countries to decide whether they wish to take the risk of importing hazardous substances.
2013.05.06: The Age - International pressure over asbestos yielding results
About 2 million tonnes of asbestos is produced each year, almost all of which is chrysotile, the last type of this deadly substance to be traded without international regulation. Next week, at a meeting for an obscurely named international treaty, this could change – or vital safeguards could be scuttled by irresponsible nations.
2013.05.09: Down To Earth - India reverses stand on asbestos at Rotterdam Convention meet
Opposes its inclusion in prior informed consent list; campaigners accuse industry lobby of influencing government. In a retrograde move, India opposed the listing of chrysotile asbestos under Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention at the sixth meeting of Conference of Parties (COP6) on May 8 in Geneva.
2013.04.19: YNN - Construction Halted at URMC Over Asbestos Concerns
Construction Halted at URMC Over Asbestos Concerns Positive tests for asbestos at various construction sites have forced the University of Rochester Medical Center to shut down all construction involving interior drywall on its property, indefinitely.
2013.04.04: Public Integrity - U.S. asbestos imports condemned by health experts, activists
To mark National Asbestos Awareness Week, Reinstein plans to hold a press conference in Washington today to highlight U.S. investment firms she says hold stakes in Brazilian asbestos mining and production. “It’s time we protect public health over the profits of these companies,” she said.
2013.03.21: Sydney Morning Herald - MP sues over illness
Former West Australian Labor MP Ernie Bridge, 76, is suing the state government, the Shire of Ashburton, CSR Limited, Midalco, Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting and Angela Bennett's Wright Prospecting after being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases.
2013.03.19: Belfast Telegraph - Deadly asbestos lies dormant in 24 Northern Ireland hospital buildings
The dangerous fibres have been found in 23 of our hospitals, including maternity units, children's wards, labs, staff accommodation and kitchens.
Described as a hidden killer, asbestos can lead to serious illness such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.
2013.02.05: Money Publishing - Special issues on asbestos open the door
In the aftermath of the ground-breaking Global Asbestos Congress 2000, the first truly global gathering of asbestos victims and ban asbestos campaigners, it was felt that it might be useful to produce a collection of papers within a structured framework documenting the asbestos status quo.
2013.02.02: The Lancet - IARC in the dock over ties with asbestos industry
Alleged links between the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the asbestos industry have been condemned on the eve of a crucial UN conference. David Holmes reports.
2013.01.24: EPP Group TV - European Parliament backs asbestos crackdown
A European Parliament committee approved a report calling for a crackdown on asbestos remaining in buildings, and to raise awareness of the effort.
2012.12.10: AU News - Asbestos forces firm to cut jobs
An auction company has been forced to close its Welshpool operation and lay off staff after potentially lethal asbestos dust was found throughout the building.
2012.12.08: Bragad - WHO calls for ban on all forms of asbestos to avoid health catastrophe
On the concluding day of the 3-day International Meet on Climate, The Workplace and the Lungs,” World Health Organisation (WHO) called for ban on all forms of asbestos to avoid health catastrophe because all types of asbestos cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, cancer of the larynx and ovary, and asbestosis (fibrosis of the lungs).
2012.11.19: Missoulian - EPA, contractors look at ways to log Libby's asbestos-laden forest
A new study identifies timber harvesting as a possible remedy for a 35,000-acre swath of asbestos-laden forest in Libby, where decades of vermiculite mining has led to widespread contamination of the town, its residents and its trees. Asbestos-related disease has killed an estimated 400 people and sickened 1,750 in Libby since the now-defunct W.R. Grace and Co. vermiculite mining operation released airborne fibers over the mountain town – the deadliest Superfund site in the country.
2012.11.18: Geschiedenis 24 - Asbest: sluipmoordenaar in Goor
"In the historical series Andere Tijden (Different Times), Dutch television broadcast an episode entirely dedicated to asbestos, entitled 'Asbest: sluipmoordenaar in Goor (Asbestos: assassin in Goor). Goor is the Dutch town where Eternit was located, a company that produced asbestos cement on the basis of asbestos imported from Canada."
2012.11.03: Huffington Post - Asbestos May Pose Health Hazards In Hurricane Sandy's Wake
"That was a small community," said Linda Reinstein, president of the nonprofit Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. "Do the math, and we can recognize that we have a significant public health risk with Hurricane Sandy.
2012.10.22: Epoch Times - Majority of Canadians Want Registry of Buildings with Asbestos: Poll
The majority of Canadians want the federal government to create a public registry of buildings that contain asbestos, according to a poll by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS).
2012.10.17: Aljazeera - Canada axes support for asbestos mining
After decades of international controversy, governments in Quebec and Ottawa have ended official support for production of the fibrous, inflammable mineral that's known to cause lung disease and cancer.
2012.10.08: Der Spiegel - Die Krebshändle
Canadian asbestos widow becomes a political activist and takes on her Government to stop it from supporting the mining and export of deadly, cancer causing asbestos to developing countries.
2012.09.21:The Economist - Loved no more
IT HAS long been an article of faith that the Canadian government, regardless of which party was in power, would defend the asbestos industry in the province of Quebec. Federal officials have fought for years to keep chrysotile, the type of asbestos mined in the province, off an international list of hazardous substances put together under the Rotterdam Convention.
2012.09.17: HazMat - Death knell sounds for last remnant of Canadian asbestos industry
On the heels of Quebec’s new government rejecting the province’s profitable yet controversial export of asbestos, Ottawa will no longer veto the global push to list the chrysotile form of the silicate mineral as a hazardous material.
2012.09.17: NPR - Canada Stops Its Defense Of Asbestos, As Quebec's Mines Close For Good
Canada's leaders have ended their country's longstanding resistance to asbestos being called a dangerous material under United Nations guidelines, a decision that reflects a shift in the leadership of Quebec province, home of Canada's asbestos industry.
2012.09.15: Medical Press - Canada to stop opposing asbestos hazard listing
Canada has long led efforts against listing chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous material under the United Nations Rotterdam Convention, which requires exporters to warn importing countries of any dangers and allows them to ban its import.
2012.08.17: Ban Asbestos India - The Indian trade unions are outraged by Quebec’s Premier Mr Jean
Charest’s decision to grant $58 million loan to revive the Jeffery Mine. The opening of the mine would mean export of over 5 million tonnes of cancer causing Chrysotile Asbestos to developing countries, including India over the next quarter of a century.
2012.08.15: Bloomberg - Asbestos Recall in Australia Clouds China Automaker Plans
An Australian recall by China’s two biggest car exporters for potential cancer-producing asbestos parts may threaten plans by Chinese automakers to expand into the U.S. and Europe amid intensifying competition at home.
2012.08.11: Bangkok Post - Consumer board requires stricter asbestos labelling
Deputy secretary-general Jirachai Moontongroy said from now on, the CPB will make more frequent visits to vendors selling products using asbestos, which is a mineral fibre commonly used in building construction materials and products such as cement, roofing, water supply lines and fire blankets. It is also found in automobile brakes and clutches.
2012.07.29: Hindu Times - Invader in white
After the only two remaining asbestos mines in Canada’s Quebec province wrapped up operations in 2011, the country became asbestos-mining free for the first time in 130 years. But, in a recent move that has stunned several environmental, health, labour and human rights organisations, the government of Quebec has sanctioned a $58 million loan to revive the inoperative ‘Jeffrey Mine’ to resume asbestos mining.
2012.07.27: Asian Journal - 43 per cent of the cancer-causing material went to India
NATIONAL and international organizations that study the causes and prevention of disease epidemics this week called for a global ban on the mining, use, and export of all forms of asbestos.
2012.07.19: ABC - Calls for Canada to ban asbestos exports to India
Given Australia's experience with asbestos, the Gillard Government is being urged to step in and tell Canada not to export its asbestos to India.
2012.07.13: UCAN Philippines - Labor group chides Canada for funding asbestos mine
The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines Thursday chided the Canadian government for granting a $58-million loan to reopen an asbestos mine in Quebec.
2012.07.10: Ban Asbestos India - Quebec, Canada and UK Urged to Stop Financial Support to White Asbestos Industry
Justifying asbestos trade is akin to justifying slave trade. It does not behove civilized countries like Canada and UK to endanger the lives of defenseless citizens and workers in developing country like India by exposing them to the carcinogenic fibers of white asbestos.
2012.07.06: Hindustan Times - A licence to kill
The decision to revive Jeffrey Asbestos Mine will have a devastating effect on India, its main customer. In fact, the revival plan is partly financed ($25 million) by a consortium of international investors led by Canadian-Indian Baljit Singh Chadha.
12-07-06: Asian Journal - desperate Quebec Premier, Jean Charest
CHAREST needs every vote as he is expected to call an election later this year and, as the Globe and Mail newspaper pointed out, “while most Quebeckers oppose asbestos mining, the plan [to relaunch the asbestos mine] will have plenty of backers around the mine location in the Eastern Townships, where seats can swing.”
2012.07.02: Businesswire - Calls on the Canadian Government to Take Action to Stop Deadly Asbestos Mining
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), representing thousands of asbestos victims, physicians and scientists around the world, urges the Canadian Parliament to oppose the Quebec government’s $58 million loan guarantee that would enable Jeffrey Mine Inc. to open a new underground asbestos mine in Asbestos, Quebec.
2012.07.07: Ban Asbestos India - India Must Stop Import of White Asbestos to Prevent Public Heath Disaster
Even as the central Government has publicly revealed that it does not favour carcinogenic chrysotile asbestos (white asbestos) mineral fibers anymore, a consortium of mostly Indian investors have successfully lobbied hard to rejuvenate the asbestos mines in Quebec, Canada.
2012.06.15: Essential Public Radio - Asbestos and the End of Schenley High
Then, in the 1940s, asbestos was linked with the cancer mesothelioma. But it was not until the 1970s, when the newly created Environmental Protection Agency looked into the effects of the mineral, that it began to be regulated. New guidelines forced schools to monitor, manage, and abate asbestos to make sure students were safe.
2012.05.28: Bangkok Post -
Asbestos makers falsely claim material safe, WHO says
Certain business operators are denying the widely known fact that all forms of asbestos are dangerous, claiming chrysotile, or white asbestos, is safe, the World Health Organisation said. WHO representative to Thailand Dr Maureen E Birmingham said she has seen T-shirts espousing the safety of chrysotile and even falsely attributing the claim to the WHO.
2012.05.11: Minning Weekly - The long, lethal shadow of asbestos
No central registry keeps track of asbestos lawsuits filed yearly or their outcomes. A tabulation of jury verdicts and settlements, based on an average of all asbestos-related lawsuits reported in Westlaw Journal Asbestos, a Thomson Reuters publication, found that the average award was $6.3-million in 2009, $17.6-million in 2010 and $10.5-million in 2011 -- amounts much greater than what lawyers say was the norm more than a decade earlier.
2012.05.07: SMH - Asbestos importer slapped with $64,000 fine
A company was fined in Perth Magistrates Court today for importing asbestos into Australia.
The international engineering company, Clyde Bergemann Senior Thermal was ordered to pay $64,000 in penalties and costs for importing prohibited asbestos in machinery parts.
2012.05.02: Bangkok Post - Russia's leading asbestos miner says Thais need to be educated: There's bad asbestos and then there's chrysotile
Thailand is the fourth largest chrysotile market for Orenburg _ the company sells US$200 million of asbestos here annually _ so Orenburg says it is trying to educate the Thai market.
Uran Kleosakul, director of Oranvanich Co, which has 40% of the Thai tile market and is the largest client of Orenburg in Thailand, has vowed to fight the anti-asbestos groups.
20.12.04.21: Safety and Health - Italian lesson in worker safety
Back to the main article In what Italian Health Minister Renato Balduzzi called a “historic” decision, an Italian court recently convicted two executives of failing to comply with safety rules and sentenced them to serve 16 years behind bars.
2012.04.13: The Punch - A dusty death sentence that reality TV can help prevent
The March death of Everest man, Lincoln Hall, is a stark reminder that asbestos kills. Lincoln cheated death when he survived a night at 8600m near the summit of Mount Everest, without oxygen or proper equipment. But there was no escaping the disease caused by exposure to asbestos as a nine year old.
2012.04.09: Gary Cohn -
Experts Forecast Global "Catastrophe of Death and Disease" From Asbestos Use
Asia is heading for a huge jump in asbestos-related diseases in the coming decades, according to numerous scientific studies and two of the world’s most prominent experts on public health and asbestos exposure. Not surprisingly, the consequences are expected to be felt most severely in India and China, two emerging economies and most populous countries in the world.
12.04.06: WECF co-organised International Expert Conference on Asbestos in Kiev, and demands phase-out of asbestos production and use in Ukraine
For the first time in Ukraine, on March 29, a public open debate was held in Kiev to discuss various aspects of asbestos production and use in Ukraine, including the severe health problems caused by chrysotile asbestos, and possible ways to tackle the problem of asbestos use and production. The conference resulted in a common resolution, available in English, Russian and Ukrainian.
2012.03.24: Ne York Times - Lincoln Hall, Climber Who Survived on Everest, Dies at 56
His death was announced on the Web site of the Australian Himalayan Foundation, which supports improvements in education, health care and conservation in the Himalayan region. Mr. Hall had helped found it. Australian newspapers said he died of mesothelioma, which was attributed to childhood exposure to asbestos.
2012.04.10: Independent Australia - How Canada Exports Death and Disease to the Developing World
Asbestos use is now banned in over 50 other countries, including 12 European Union nations. The trade in white asbestos (chrysotile), largely to the developing world, continues largely due to the efforts of a single highly industrialised nation — Canada.
2012.04.09: Independent Australia - How Canada exports death and disease to the developing world
Even though asbestos is banned in over 50 countries, Canada continues to block international efforts to control its use, financially supporting asbestos industry spin doctors, and promoting the continued trade of this toxic, cancer-causing, substance to the developing world — despite it being effectively banned in Canada. Managing editor David Donovan reports on a nation that has become an international pariah through what some have described as its “racist” double-standards.
2012.04.08: Sydney Morning Herald - A town called Asbestos ... by name and by nature
But, for a small town, Asbestos has been the subject of a big controversy over the past few years. Located between Montreal and Quebec in eastern Canada, Asbestos was once the site of the world's largest asbestos mine, the two-kilometre-wide hole in the ground known as the Jeffrey Mine.
2012.04.02: AFP - Asbestos workers at risk from heart disease
PARIS — Already facing heightened risks of cancer, asbestos workers also run a greater danger of heart disease and stroke, a British study published on Tuesday said.
Researchers looked into more than 15,000 deaths that occurred among nearly 99,000 workers in the British asbestos industry between 1971 and 2005.
2012.03.28: Telegraph - Asbestos legal victory for families
Judges ruled that insurance liability was ''triggered'' when employees were exposed to asbestos dust - not when symptoms of mesothelioma emerged. Legal experts say the ruling by the UK's highest court means that employers' insurers will have to pay compensation claims.
2012.03.25: The Independant - Families win landmark ruling on £600m asbestos compensation
Thousands of families whose relatives were killed by asbestos cancers will win a landmark compensation victory this week, sources have told The Independent on Sunday. The Supreme Court will rule on Wednesday that insurers who offered cover at the time victims inhaled the deadly fibres will have to pay compensation.
2012.03.21: IRIN -
ASIA: Asbestos - deadly but not yet banned
Even though public health experts recognize how deadly asbestos can be, its use is on the rise in the construction industry throughout Asia, according to the US Geological Survey.
2012.02.13: Businessweek - Italian court convicts 2 in asbestos-linked deaths
"It's a great day, but that doesn't mean the battle against asbestos is over," he told Sky TG24 TV, stressing that it is a worldwide problem.
2012.01.20: Aljazeera - India: Toxic Trade, Is India investing in a future health crisis by importing asbestos from Canada?
More than 50 countries have banned asbestos products but India cannot get enough. It imports the mineral from Canada, risking a future health crisis. Inhaling asbestos fibres can lead to a slow and painful death. But in India, asbestos illness is under-diagnosed and mostly unrecognised.
12.01.09: Union Aid Abroad - Asbestos in Asia: Breaking Through the Silence in Lao PDR
We know a ban is possible. Over 51 countries have outlawed the use of asbestos and not just in rich countries like Australia and the United Kingdom. Developing countries, such as South Africa, Egypt and Honduras have embraced the need to rid the world of asbestos.
12.01.10: Le Point.fr - Les lobbyistes de l'amiante mis en examen (Lobbyists for asbestos indicted)
En mettant en examen quatre membres du lobby de l'amiante pour "homicides et blessures involontaires", la juge Marie-Odile Bertella-Geffroy a franchi une étape de plus dans la longue route qui mènera, peut-être, à un procès pénal identique à celui qui s'est déroulé en Italie en 2011. Mais on en est encore très loin... Même si, pour Jean-Pierre Hulot, Dominique Moyen, Daniel Bouige et Arnaud Peirani, l'échéance s'en rapproche inexorablement.
http://www.lepoint.fr/societe/les-lobbyistes-de-l-amiante-mis-en-examen-10-01-2012-1417114_23.php English Version
12.04.09: Sunday Leader - Sri Lanka’s Silent Killer
Due to the developing nature of this field of study, there is no cure for either of these diseases – the risks of handling asbestos are real and the consequences are fatal.
11.12.08: Times of Indai - Canada hopes to export duty-free asbestos to India, government apathetic
Repetitive demands by various organisations for banning mining and use of asbestos products in India are falling on deaf ears. A recent development where government of Canada is considering removal of the current 10% duty on asbestos exports to India comes as a major shock to such groups. It points towards the apathy of the government here and insensitivity of Canada towards the issue.
11.12.03: ABC - Canadian asbestos trade
The Rotterdam Convention this year once again tried to list chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous chemical but the Canadian delegation once again refused to endorse it. It would give no reasoning for why except to repeat the Harper government’s line that if the substance is used safely it offers no health risks, in direct opposition to the World Health Organisation as well as many medical fraternities. The question though remains if it can be used safely, then why isn’t it used in Canada anymore, instead what is mined in Quebec has been exported to developing countries, particularly India?
11.12.03: News Nine - Rudd to move proposal on banning asbestos
Canada and Russia are the top two asbestos traders worldwide and have copped criticism in recent months for selling the mineral used in building materials to developing countries.
11.12.01: AMWU - Canada’s asbestos export must end
“As long as Canada continues its trade in deaths, the AMWU, ADFA and asbestos victims will continue to remind their government of the duty of care to those in developing countries,” Mr Bastian said.
11.11.23: Huffington Post - Bloc Quebecois Leadership: Candidates Battle Over Support For Asbestos Industry During Debate
They agree on the need for Quebec’s independence and they are convinced of the staying power of their own party, but Bloc Quebecois leadership candidates are at odds about the party’s long-standing support for the asbestos industry.
11.11.19: Epoch Times - Canada at Heart of Global Asbestos Lobby
And Canada’s wrongdoing goes far deeper. Canada, in fact, is at the heart of the global asbestos lobby and has repeatedly intervened to prevent other countries from adopting safety controls or bans on asbestos.
11.11.18: The Morning Star - Asbestos collusion 'killed thousands'
Leading asbestos campaigner John Flanagan launched a stinging attack on ex-ministers, businesses and insurance firms which he accused of playing a part in the deaths of thousands of workers.
11.11.15: ABC News - Disaster clean-up sparks new asbestos fears
Cancer specialists will today be told that 'bonded asbestos' may not be as safe as once thought. The specialists are gathering in Perth for an annual oncology conference and will hear from the chairman of the Federal Government's Asbestos Management Review,
11.11.15: Times of India -
Ban asbestos cry gets international support
According to Laurie Kazan Allen of IBAS, "Canada is continuing to export asbestos to many Asian countries, including India, even though it does not use this substance for its own industrial purpose. If India continues to use asbestos with heavy imports, a large number of exposures and infections would be reported in the near future and thousands of people would die. A large number of people had already been diagnosed with the deadly disease."
2011.11.10: CFMEU - Australia must push for global ban on asbestos following new evidence of damage caused in India
Mr Noonan said that Canada – which banned asbestos use on its own soil - was still producing and exporting Chrysotile asbestos to countries in the Asia-pacific region, along with Russia, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Kazakhstan.
11.11.08: ABC - ABC's Matt Peacock on India's toxic asbestos trade
Indian children play on the sloping face of a man-made mountain of mining detritus. Factory workers toil in a blizzard of white fibre with little or no protection. These are just some of the disturbing daily scenes in India where asbestos is a booming building product.
11.11.08: ABC - Toxic Trade
And unlike many developed countries where asbestos products have been banned, India can't get enough of what's called poor man's roofing. Alarmingly it's a first world nation that's supplying the stuff. Canada won't use asbestos itself but it is selling it by the shipload to India. Business is so brisk Canada is breathing new life into its asbestos mining industry to bolster its exports.
2011.11.01: Huffington Post - Asbestos Exports: Opposition Parties Call On Government To Ban The Sale Of Dangerous Substance Abroad
MPs became embroiled in a heated debate about Canada's support for the asbestos industry after the NDP tabled an opposition day motion calling on the Conservative government to ban the use and export of the highly carcinogenic substance abroad, support international efforts to add chrysotile asbestos to the Rotterdam Convention's list of hazardous chemicals and develop a transition plan for workers and affected communities in the asbestos mining industry.
11.10.22: Jamaica Observer - Canada hypocritical on a dangerous mineral
In this connection, Canada has come out as a bad guy. The area in the province of Quebec known as the Eastern Townships has been the focus of asbestos mining in Canada since the 1870s. Asbestos mining is centred in the town of Thetford Mines, and there is another town actually called Asbestos, which is the site of the Jeffrey Mine, until recently the world's largest source of asbestos.
11.10.22: The Australian - Death by DIY
In the decades that followed we watched people with asbestos-related disease picketing the offices of the companies that produced most of Australia's asbestos products, James Hardie Industries and CSR. Among them was Bernie Banton, a wheelchair-bound battler with mesothelioma who fought a six-year compensation battle with James Hardie. He died in 2007, soon after the company agreed to a $4 billion package to compensate its victims.
11.10.11: Unions WA - CHOGM leaders called on to pressure Canada to stop deadly asbestos trade
UnionsWA secretary Simone McGurk said the leaders of the Commonwealth nations should use CHOGM as an opportunity tell Canada to stop mining asbestos now. “There is no safe asbestos. Even one fibre is dangerous,” Ms McGurk said.
Amid protests from health professionals, unions, lobbyists and the public, the Canadian government, earlier this year, underwrote a $57 million loan to Indian investors to open up one of the world’s biggest asbestos mines.
2011.10.03: Deccan Herald - The West abhors asbestos, not India
Last June, there were vociferous objections from medical and public-health associations in Canada to the Ottawa government’s blocking the chrysotile in the Rotterdam Convention, a United Nations treaty that identifies hazardous substances. If listed, chrysotile exports would be permitted only to countries that explicitly consent. (Chrysotile is banned in the European Union, and little used in the United States or Canada. But India is among the countries which is a major importer asbestos from Canada.)
11-10.23: GBAN - This is a critical moment for the Quebec asbestos industry
This is a critical moment for the Quebec asbestos industry. Baljit Chadha, head of the consortium of investors who want to open the Jeffrey mine and exports millions of tons of asbestos to Asia, is presenting its financial plan to the Quebec government. It hopes that its plan will be accepted and that it will now receive the $58 million loan guarantee that the Quebec government has already approved, contingent on seeing their actual financial plan and proof that they have raised $25 million from investors.
2011.10.11: The Asian Journal - YES, MR. BALJIT CHADHA, YOU ARE EXPORTING DEATH TO INDIA – AND SHAME ON YOU!
IT boggles my mind that Baljit Chadha, the man behind the DEADLY asbestos exports from Quebec to India, can be so SHAMELESS when it comes to making money that he actually claims that the cancer-causing material that is BANNED in Canada is safe!
That a BROWN guy is allowing himself to be used by WHITE guys in such a manner is an ABSOLUTE DISGRACE!
2011.09.21: Mesothelioma Facts - Researcher re-emphasizes mesothelioma's connection to chrysotile asbestos
The vast majority of cases of mesothelioma can be directly linked to asbestos exposure - at least 95 percent, according to a recent review published in the journal British Medical Bulletin - and the remainder may be connected to the substance via unwitting contact. Rudd noted that chrysotile asbestos is well known for its connection to mesothelioma. He added that a minority clinical opinion holds that it is not this form of the mineral itself that causes the disease but the occasional tremolite fiber found within large lodes of chrysotile asbestos that leads to the illness.
2011.09.22: tagblattmedien - Gräfin kämpft gegen Kanadas Asbest-Exporte
Ihr Mann ist an den Folgen von Asbest gestorben. Nun kämpft eine Gräfin in Kanada gegen den Export des Baumaterials – und legt sich dabei mit der regierenden Konservativen Partei an.
2011.09.20: MarketWatch - ADAO Lauds Successful World Congress on Safety and Health at Work and Istanbul Declaration
The World Congress gathered 5,400 participants from more than 140 countries, and was co-organized by the ILO and the International Social Security Association (ISSA), together with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. A safety and health exhibition held in conjunction with the Congress attracted some 12,000 visitors.
2011.09.15: PRWeb - Mesothelioma Researchers Call for Ban on Chrysotile
Not surprisingly, some of largest exporters of chrysotile asbestos, such as Canada and Russia, have been among the most vocal at denying its toxicity and defending its use. But the University of Wisconsin study appears to contradict their arguments.
2011.09.15: iBasecretariat - Russian Asbestos U-Turn?
On September 7, 2011, the Russian Justice Ministry promulgated a revolutionary law (standard SanPiN1 126.96.36.19987-11), proposed by the Chief Sanitary Inspector, which recognized the occupational hazard posed by chrysotile asbestos and chrysotile-containing materials. The timing of the new law is not coincidental. The adoption of standard SanPiN 188.8.131.5287-11 marks a huge change in official policy.
11.09.06: Associated Press -
Thousands of 9/11 responders are ill
Contaminants in particles included quartz, chrysotile asbestos, zinc, iron and lead, according to a scientific article by Lioy and his colleague, ...
11.09.02: The New York Times - The Story of a Dead Sailor, His Widow and a Bunch of Boneheaded Politicians
Risk from this variety of asbestos is less than from others that have been banned. But the World Health Organization, as well as Canadian medical and public-health associations, have declared chrysotile a carcinogen and have urged that it not be used.
2011.08.24: Surviving Mesothelioma - Mesothelioma on the Rise in Aussie Women
According to The Mercury.com, the number of Tasmanian female mesothelioma patients is up sharply in recent years. The website quotes the president of Australia’s Asbestos Diseases Foundation, Barry Robson, as saying the new state-by-state government mesothelioma statistics due out soon could prove to be “stark reading”.
2011.08.22: Global Ethics -
Doctors and public health officials petition Canadian PM to end support for asbestos industry
There’s an ethics showdown in Canada over asbestos, reports the Toronto Globe & Mail. Over 250 medical doctors and public-health professionals signed a letter to a conservative MP — also a doctor — urging her to work against asbestos production. MP Dr. Kellie Leitch is one of the stars in Canada’s Conservative party, the only major party to support the nation’s asbestos industry, which ships most of its product overseas. “We understand that doing the right thing may run counter to your political interests,” reads the letter. “However, your ethical code of conduct as a medical doctor requires that you put the protection of health ahead of personal advantage, no matter what the circumstance.” Leitch was not available for comment when the letter went to press.
2011.08.19: IBAS - Taking a Stand: Asbestos Widow vs. Canadian Government
Unfortunately for the Tories, beating up on an asbestos widow does little to enhance the party's already battered image. Indeed, the support being shown for the actions of Michaela Keyserlingk is growing day by day. The website of the Sierra Club features an enlarged version of Mrs Keyserlingk's banner on its home page with some added extras: five images of a skull and crossbones and an article entitled “Screw You!”
2011.08.18: The Nelson Institue -
Cancer rates show it's time for global asbestos ban
The use of asbestos building materials in developing countries results in millions of preventable cancer cases, a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health epidemiologist reports in the coming issue of Annals of Epidemiology.
2011.08.18: UW-Madison Expert - Cancer Rates Show It's Time for Global Asbestos Ban
Kanarek says the link between asbestos and fatal health problems has been known for a century. But, he says the asbestos industry obscured the issue by claiming that the health problems were only caused by a rarely used type of asbestos, and not by chrysotile or "white" asbestos, which accounts for about 95 percent of world production and use. Countries such as Canada continue to mine asbestos, but ship it overseas because its use is banned at home.
2011.08.14: Deutschlandfunk - Kanadas gefährliches Exportgeschäft
Rund 2,2 Millionen Tonnen Asbest werden pro Jahr weltweit produziert. Nach Russland, Kasachstan, China und Brasilien ist Kanada der fünftgrößte Produzent. Doch der Abbau und der Umgang mit Asbest ist gefährlich: Es besteht hohes Krebsrisiko.
2011.07.20: Mesothelioma News - Canada's Last Major Asbestos Mine May Close
2011.07.18: Zimbio - Science Receives Scorn
Canada, recently, gained much scrutiny after being the only country within the world that opposed chrysotile asbestos to be placed, by the Rotterdam Convention, under Annex III, which bans the importation, and exportation of such a hazardously, dangerous chemical between countries. Annex III also requires that the country that is exporting such dangerous substances to inform all countries that import it to be well informed of all the dangers, and risks that could be attained by handling the substance without cautionary protocols and measures.
2011.07.09: Filipino Chronicle - Canada to Continue Exporting Asbestos to RP, Other Third World Nations
Ignoring sharp criticism by leading scientists around the world, Canada has decided to continue mining and exporting asbestos products to the Philippines , India , Indonesia and other Third World nations.
2011.07.07: International Journal of Occupational and Enviromental Health -
Stop Canadian Death Export
The producers of asbestos, asbestos product-manufacturing companies, and the scientists, lobbyists, and financial interests supporting them do not accept the scientific evidence. They are operating a massive, Orwellian “denial machine” (the title of a program on global warming aired on the CBC’s investigative news program, “The Fifth Estate”). The CBC program documented how powerful interests are trying to deny global warming, supported by scientists—or rather pseudo-scientists—some of whom had previously worked for “Big Tobacco” and received donations from coal and oil companies. The parallel is striking: In the same way some have attempted to deny the human health dangers of tobacco and the dramatic consequences of global warming, the producers and supporters of asbestos are trying to make us believe that it is not dangerous or that there are possibilities of its “controlled” and “safe” use, particularly of chrysotile asbestos.
2011.07.010: Sunday Times - Are we sitting on an asbestos time bomb?
Once considered a miracle material it kills more than 107,000 people each year-WHO.
Asbestos was once tagged as a miracle material for its strength. But the move last month under the Rotterdam Convention, to list asbestos under hazardous materials, which need the prior consent of other countries in international trade, again highlighted safety drawbacks of asbestos.
2011.07.07: Hindustan Times - NHRC issues notice on white asbestos to govt ministries
The National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to four central government ministries on its contradictory stand on white asbestos (Chrysotile) and a claim that fifty thousand people die in India every year due to asbestos related cancer. The notice comes after India admitted at a recent international meeting under the Rotterdam Convention in Geneva that white asbestos was hazardous to human health.
2011.07.05: Houston Today - MP ticked over asbestos
Nathan Cullen has slammed the Conservative government for not supporting a new classification on asbestos which would have included it with other dangerous substances. At a meeting of countries in Switzerland over a United Nations document called the Rotterdam Convention, nations debated the inclusion of Chrysotile asbestos into the list of dangerous materials.
2011.07.05: French Trubune - Canada Accused of Exporting Asbestos
The US government has accused Canada for exporting asbestos to other countries. It has been revealed that Canada is spending millions towards removing asbestos from its buildings. Canada is estimating that it will cost $873 million to renovate its West Block in Ottawa. Moreover, it will take two-decades to fix its buildings.
2011.07.01: Deccan Chronicle - Roofs can turn carcinogenic
Asbestos, a commonly used construction material, is now drawing as much heat for its carcinogenic properties as endosulfan has for its debilitating side-effects.
Fifty-five countries across the world have banned asbestos and people in the US are suing builders for billions of dollars for health problems caused by exposure to asbestos, but it appears as though Tamil Nadu just cannot get enough of the hardy sheets.
2011.06.30: Slate - Canada's Breathtaking Hypocrisy on Asbestos, Canada is removing asbestos from politicians' offices while exporting it by the ton.Appearing on the CBC recently, Canada's minister of industry, Christian Paradis, insisted that chrysotile is an acceptable building material if it's handled properly. A statement issued by his office reads, "All scientific reviews clearly confirm that chrysotile fibres can be used safely under controlled conditions." I wish Canada's desire to shine on the international stage would prompt the government to search for a better explanation. Arguing that asbestos is simply part of our national identity, like curling, or choking in the Stanley Cup finals, would be more plausible.
2011.06.27: ISTSD - Canada Slammed for Stance on Asbestos Trade
Canada last week emerged as the only developed country to oppose the listing of chrysotile asbestos to the Rotterdam Convention, prompting a litany of criticism from around the world. If approved, the known carcinogen would have been listed on Annex III of the hazardous chemicals convention, which would require exporters to warn recipient countries of any health hazards.
2011.06.24: Reuters Geneva - Canada, others block asbestos from U.N. hazardous list
Chrysotile asbestos will not be listed as a hazardous industrial chemical that can be banned from import after countries including Canada and Ukraine blocked consensus, a United Nations spokesman said Friday.
The decision was taken at a meeting of states that have ratified the Rotterdam Convention despite the treaty's scientific review body having recommended the inclusion of "white" asbestos on health grounds, a U.N. spokesman said.
2011.06.12: World New Report - Media Advisory: CLC to Present At ILO Hearing Regarding Use of Asbestos
The CLC says the Canadian government has ignored expert advice indicating that chrysotile asbestos is not safe and is causally linked with various forms of cancer. The government has failed to consult with labour and other stakeholders on steps that Canada could take to comply with international conventions calling for a ban on asbestos.
2011.06.10: ScienceDaily - Deaths and Major Morbidity from Asbestos-Related Diseases in Asia Likely to Surge in Next 20 Years, Experts Warn
Alarming new article in Respirology issues a serious warning of massive rises in deaths from asbestos-related lung diseases in Asia.
2011.06.07: Bloomberg - ‘Slow Poison’ Scars Indian Lungs as Asbestos Firms Sell $7 Roofs for Slums
Pevekar’s mother was among the first Indians last December to get paid about 700,000 rupees ($16,000) -- more than 10 times her son’s annual income -- from a Manchester, England-based trust established by factory owner Turner & Newall Plc. The payment was compensation for asbestosis, an occupational disease first identified in the U.K. in 1906. Last month, another 40 workers received payouts, bringing the year’s tally to a record 70 million rupees.
2011.06.05: Tagblatt - Staatsanwalt beantragt 20 Jahre Haft für Schmidheiny
Im Asbest-Prozess gegen den Schweizer Stephan Schmidheiny und den Belgier Jean-Louis de Cartier hat die Staatsanwaltschaft in Turin 20 Jahre Haft für jeden Angeklagten verlangt. Der Prozess gegen die Ex-Besitzer der Eternit S.p.A. (Genua) steht im Zusammenhang mit 2800 asbestbedingten Krankheits- und Todesfällen.
http://www.tagblatt.ch/nachrichten/panorama/Staatsanwalt-beantragt-20-Jahre-Haft-fuer-Schmidheiny;art119479,2594756 English Version
2011.05.12: Daily Show - Aasif Mandvi Visits Asbestos, Quebec
Despite all the anti-asbestos propaganda, this town outside Montreal promotes the relatively safe mineral. These are kind of issues we look to the likes of Ruth Ellen Brosseau to solve in Quebec.
2011.05.12: Us Legal News - Shocking Amount of Asbestos Coming from Russia
With the news that the Jeffrey Mine near Asbestos, Quebec is set to be expanded with the help of government funds, and that the recently reelected Prime Minister loves the asbestos, we might be led to believe that Canada’s asbestos industry is the one to watch.
2011.04.09: Foreign Policy Journal - Exporting Asbestos: Putting Profit Before Health
When it comes to foreign policy and trade, it’s often common to see profits and revenue at the forefront of the discussion. Unfortunately, for both the United States and Canada, their tendency to put profits first when it comes to exporting products could be resulting in some pretty severe health risks in developing countries.
2011.02.25: BBC News - Student protest halts asbestos factory in Bihar, India
Devendra Ram was overjoyed when he first saw a factory being built near his village in Bihar. It was an asbestos factory and the villagers were told it would provide jobs in Muzaffarpur district, an area where farm incomes had long been dwindling. But then the children of the village got involved. Mr Ram's teenage son, Hare Krishna, told him about what he had learned in school. In his biology and chemistry lessons at the government-run school, he found out about the harmful effects of asbestos. On hearing that an asbestos factory was going to be built in their village, Hare Krishna and other students launched a protest. They told their farmer parents about the potentially deadly nature of asbestos. Then they too got involved in the campaign against the factory. The protests against the factory have been so fierce that construction work has come to a temporary halt.
2011.02.17: AOL News - Will Canada Export Death by Rejuvenating Its Last Asbestos Mine?
A plan to increase production from Canada's last asbestos mine near this town named for the deadly mineral has enraged physicians and public health workers around the globe. They say the fibers from chrysotile ore, also called white asbestos, are to blame for a worldwide death count in the millions. Many experts are especially upset that the plan calls for the carcinogenic mineral to be shipped to countries where it encounters little, if any, protective restrictions on its use.
2011.02.03: New York Times: In a Town Called Asbestos, a Plan to Restart the Industry That Made It Prosperous
The belief in asbestos lives on in this mining town of 7,000 people, not just in the name — retained despite its association with cancer — but in the ambitions of the mineral’s long-time champion here, G. Bernard Coulombe.
2010.12.30: The Anatolia News Agency - Asbestos ban to take effect on Friday
Turkey will ban production, use and supply of asbestos as of Friday, a related directorate said on Thursday.
2010.12.28: The Hindu - Killer dust threat looms over Marwan despite protests
If the proposed 3, 00,000 tonnes per annum (TPA)-project flags off, the country could very well have its own version of a 'Turner & Newall' asbestos epidemic (Once the world's largest asbestos conglomerate, T&N exposed millions to a lethal carcinogen).
2010.12.08: Washington Post - Medical journal criticizes Canada asbestos exports
The World Health Organization says all types of asbestos cause cancer and more than 50 countries have banned it. About 100,000 people die every year from asbestos-related diseases and 125 million people remain exposed to the deadly substance worldwide. Canada is the world's fourth biggest exporter of asbestos, after Russia, Kazakhstan and Brazil.
2010.12.02: AOL News - Asbestos Dangers Known Centuries Ago, but Battle Continues
Now, 2,000 years later, not a lot has changed. Industries that still handle asbestos, or are defending themselves from tens of thousands of lawsuits from former workers who were sickened or killed on the job, still insist it couldn't be from their material.
2010.11.24: Financial Times - Quebec asbestos project prompts safety protests
An attempt by Indian and other investors to revive a big Canadian asbestos mine has run into a storm of protest from health and environmental groups. Activists are preparing demonstrations in London and Montreal in early December to persuade the Quebec government not to approve C$58m ($57m) in loan guarantees needed to convert the Jeffrey mine from an open-pit to an underground operation. The open-pit reserves are almost exhausted but the deeper deposits are among the biggest in the world.
10-11-08: The Mirror - Asbestos Illnesses Killing More Women
An alarming increase in the number of women dying of an asbestos-related cancer is worrying experts, the Mirror can reveal today. The latest official figures show that mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, is the most rapidly increasing cancer in women.
2010.09.29: Guardian UK - Asbestos saga proves our feeble press watchdog has no bark and no bite
It took a seven-month battle to get the Daily Mail to correct Christopher Booker's dangerous claims about asbestos.
2010.09.10:World Heath Organization - WHO Regional Committee adopts resolutions on priority health issues
The problem with asbestos is that in all forms it is carcinogenic to humans, and may causemesothelioma and cancer of the lung, larynx and ovaries. Asbestos exposure is also responsible for other diseases, such as asbestosis (fibrosis of the lungs), pleural plaques, thickening and effusions. Currently, about 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at the workplace, and more than 107 000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer.
2010.08.13: The Malay Mail - Asbestos hazard: Slow, silent death
EVERY year, nearly 100,000 people worldwide die from workrelated asbestos exposure, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
2010.08.02: The Global Muckraker: Canadian Health Group Demands Disclosure on Asbestos
The CPHA's policy director, James Chauvin, told ICIJ that the institute was "polite" in its responses to inquiries and did send a pile of technical manuals. But the manuals shed no light on how C$20 million in federal funds has been spent over the past quarter-century, Chauvin said, and the information wasn't available on the ministry's website.
2010.08.03: Inter Press Service, Mexico - Asbestos, a Toxic Neighbour
Suppliers of asbestos like Canada have managed to get white asbestos, or chrysotile, excluded from the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade.
2010.07.27: Guardian Weekly - Quebec government urged to rethink loan for resumed mining in Canadian town of Asbestos
The mining town of Asbestos, Quebec, is finding it hard to leave its past behind; the fibre has been banned in 30 countries but it is still being mined in Canada. Indeed, the town plans to start mining it again.
10-07-26: The Star Phoenix - Intransigence over asbestos hurts Canada
In some ways, Canada seems to be like a cute puppy that's growing up to be an ugly mutt that has its neighbours worried, even though in the eyes of its owners the former image endures.
2010.07.22: Afrique Expansion - Le commerce de l'amiante prospère dans les pays en développement (enquête)
La vente d'amiante est florissante dans les pays en développement en dépit du fait qu'elle est cancérigène et que son utilisation est interdite dans l'Union européenne et dans quatre autres pays, démontre une enquête journalistique publiée mercredi. L'industrie de cette fibre a ignoré les boycotts et restrictions imposés dans 52 pays, motivés par les maladies qui y sont liées, afin de continuer à écouler l'amiante dans les pays en développement, dénonce cette enquête réalisée par le Consortium des journalistes d'investigation (ICIJ) et la BBC.
2010.07.21: McClatchy - India's expanding use of asbestos brings dire warnings
An estimated 55,000 workers, unmindful of the lethal effects of asbestos-laden material in the vessels, slave for long hours taking apart old ships and, in the process, are exposed to deadly fibers.
2010.07.20: Public Integrity - India's Wide Use of Asbestos Brings Dire Warnings
The Indian government is aware of the risks but loath to interfere: The men need jobs, and the Indian economy, among the world's fastest-growing, needs secondary steel from the beached vessels. Reclamation and recycling, says Pravin Nagarsheth, president of the Iron Steel Scrap and Ship Breakers Association of India (ISSAI), is a highly lucrative business.
2010.07.20: BBC Radio - Dangers in the Dust : Inside the Global Asbestos Trade
As part of the season of programmes Dangers in the Dust: inside the Global Asbestos Trade, Steve Bradshaw meets scientists on both sides of the debate. (26min.)
2010.07.16: Le Monde, France - Une mine d'amiante pourrait rouvrir au Quebec
Depuis quelques semaines, il ne se passe pas une journee sans qu'une association de medecins ou de scientifiques s'oppose a la reouverture de la mine Jeffrey, du nom de la societe qui l'exploite.
2010.07.10: Neil Hodge UK - India's asbestos time-bomb
As one of the world's largest importers of asbestos, India is on the verge of discovering that over the next 50 years, hundreds of thousands of its citizens are at risk of developing respiratory illnesses and cancer which the country is ill-equipped to treat.
2010.07.01: World Health Organization - Asbestos: elimination of asbestos-related diseases
Currently, about 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at the workplace. According to the most recent WHO estimates, more than 107 000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from exposure at work. One in every three deaths from occupational cancer is estimated to be caused by asbestos. In addition, it is estimated that several thousand deaths annually can be attributed to exposure to asbestos in the home.
2010.07.01: Ethiopian Review - Canada urged to ban asbestos mining, exports
It's a challenge to understand why in Canada we restrict asbestos as a hazardous product, said Turnbull in a telephone interview from his Ottawa office. Yet we then will export (asbestos) to other settings across the world where there is not the same degree of health protections in place.
2010.06.30: Reuters Africa - Canada urged to ban asbestos mining, exports
A group of medical associations on Wednesday called for a ban on asbestos mining in Canada, which tightly restricts the use of the material but allows it to be exported despite its health risks.
10.06.26: The Daily IIJ - BANI support WTO challenge against subsidy for deadly asbestos fibers
Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI) appeals to the imminent G-20 and G-8 summit during June 26-27 in Toronto to persuade Canadian and Russian government to stop promoting export of asbestos which is an exercise in trade distortion, a press release from the organization states.
2010.06.25: The Standard - Halt asbestos subsidy, Canada urged
Concern groups have urged Canada to stop subsidizing an asbestos company as its products end up being used in the mainland and other Asian countries, harming the health of workers.
2010.06.23: The Asian Age New Delhi - High Asbestos Exposure Creates Killing Fields
India is fast emerging as the dumping ground of carcinogenic white asbestos whose exposure results in cancer. Fifty per cent of this white asbestos being imported to India comes from Canada which is heavily subsidising this industry but has drastically cut down its usage in its own country.
10-06-22: Counter Currents - Stop the subsidy to asbestos mining industry & health disaster
The chrysotile asbestos (white asbestos) industry is acting as merchants of death even as workers and consumers are routinely being exposed to deadly...
2010.05.09: The Guardian UK - Can the town of Asbestos win over the tourists?
Carl Viens Vucharme, is keen to see more tourists. "If they're scared, they could always wear a mask," he says.
2010.05.04: Chinadialogue - A deadly white dust
As western countries have outlawed asbestos, the industry has turned its focus to the developing world. Melody Kemp looks at the challenges facing campaigners for change.
10.04.28: The International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF) - Global Unions voice asbestos concerns to Canadian Government
GENEVA: Global unions united to send the government of Canada a strong message that Canada cannot continue to lend support to the asbestos industry lobby on April 28, 2010.
10-04-28: Austrailian Herald Sun - Canada still exporting asbestos
More than seven years after asbestos products were banned in Australia, Canada is still exporting the deadly building product to third world countries, the Manufacturing Workers Union (MWU) says.
10-04-26: WECF Invitation - Asbestos who pays the bill?
Testimonies and Dialogue on Policy Recommendations In the framework of the 18th session of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York, May 6, 2010
2010.04.28: BWI - Unions Appeal to Canada to Halt Asbestos Exports to Asia
In 1991, the Canadian Parliament declared April 28th as a national day of mourning for people killed or injured at work. How ironic that in twenty years later, Canada is still a world leader in marketing the best known industrial killer in history – asbestos.
2010.03.16 OpenAustralia: House debates
Moreover, Canada continues to block international efforts to list chrysotile asbestos under the Rotterdam treaty, which requires importing countries to be...
2010.03.09: Asbestos.net - Canada Continues Mining and Selling Hazardous Asbestos Fibers
The World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned the Canadian governments asbestos mineral mining and selling operations since the 1990s; however, Canada shows no sign of stopping its exports of the hazardous material overseas.
2010.02.23: Time Magazine - In South Korea, Asbestos Compensation Comes Too Late
... pins some blame on Canada, which continues to export large quantities of the mineral to poor Asian countries, whereas the provincial government of Quebec has spent millions of dollars removing asbestos from its own schools and hospitals.
2010.02.13: TopNews Arab Emirates - Premier Charest Accused Of Lying AboutAsbestos
The Premier is quoted as saying while on the trade mission: Chrysotile (asbestos) can be used in a safe manner; this is what WHO reports say. It is not a banned substance. It is up to the government of India to put the necessary laws in place.
2009.12.09: Disasters of Bhopal, Asbestos & Compensation
Aggressive marketing of asbestos continues in developing countries as a result of restrictions being placed on its use in developed nations due to the well-established link between asbestos products and respiratory diseases. India has become a major consumer of asbestos.
2010.02.05: MyNews - Indian and Canadian Govt betray workers by opposing a ban on Asbestos, Gopal Krishna
Trade unions, human rights activists and workers today demonstrated in front of FICCI House and called upon the governments of India and Canada to halt the trade in white asbestos.
2009.10.30: The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Applauds American Public Health Association's Call for Ban on Asbestos, Annual Warnings for Workers in High-Risk Occupations
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) applauds the American Public Health Association (APHA), the largest and most diverse public health organization in the world. APHA adopted a resolution calling on Congress to pass legislation banning the manufacture, sale, export, or import of asbestos containing products including products in which asbestos is a contaminant. Asbestos, a known carcinogen, annually claims the lives of more than 10,000 Americans.
2009.10.16: Deaths from Asbestos Illness Continue to Increase in Quebec
So far this year, 61 out of 104 workers who died of work-related causes in the French-Canadian province have died of an asbestos illness, the board reports. Across Canada, deaths from asbestos-related mesothelioma cancer overall have increased 67% over the last 15 years, even though Canada has stopped using asbestos as a building material decades ago.
2009.10.16: Asbestos – the town that needs to leave its past behind
Canada received particular mention for continuing to export the stuff to developing countries while banning its local use, and also for blocking the inclusion of chrysotile asbestos in a list of hazardous substances requiring prior informed consent when exporting them under the Rotterdam convention.
2009.09.30: Mesothelioma News- Canada continues to mine lethal asbestos fibers
2009.04.26-27: Asian Asbestos Conference blasts Canada
The asbestos lobby led by the Chrysotile Institute has been feeding lies and myths to promote the white asbestos.
2009.04.22: British Expert Accuses Ottawa of Suppressing Cancer Report
Globe and Mail: There are interests in continuing production of Canadian chrysotile asbestos, said Dr Trevor Ogden, member of Health Canada’s asbestos committee’s report, editor-in-chief of the Annals of Occupational Hygene and advisor to the British government.
2009.03.27: The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC) reconfirmed this week that all commercial asbestos fibers cause lung cancer and mesothelioma.
The confirmation by IARC – the world’s leading cancer research agency – that all forms of asbestos, including its most commonly used form of asbestos chrysotile, cause lung cancer, laryngeal cancer, and mesothelioma, leave no doubt that the prevailing medical evidence is irrefutable as to asbestos’ carcinogenicity.
2009.03.26: International Agency for Research on Cancer reconfirms asbestos dangers
Recent meeting of World Health Organization Research Group again reported that all commercial asbestos fibers - including especially chrysotile asbestos - cause deadly diseases and cited important new findings for women
2009.3.07: Eternit Italy bosses will stand trial in December
AP: An Italian judge ordered on 22nd July 2009 a Belgian man and a Swiss man to stand trial for alleged negligence leading to hundreds of deaths linked to asbestos plants. Prosecutors say Stephan Schmidheiny of Switzerland and Jean-Louis de Cartier of Belgium were key shareholders in Eternit, a Swiss construction company. They allege the two were ultimately responsible for the death of some 2,000 workers and residents from asbestos-related diseases.
2009.03.03: Chrysotile Institute Retreats in france
A lawsuit for criminal libel brought by the Chrysotile Institute against the French asbestos Victims Organization collapsed when the Chrysotile Institute suddenly withdrew from the case. The pretences invoked by the Chrysotile Institute's lawyer bordered on the ridiculous. He stated that the defense was trying to hold a trial of asbestos and that his client was not willing to participate in the debate.
2009.01.29: The Fatal (Canadian Asbestos) Phenomenon.
Die Zeit (The Times): Germany's leading newspaper rebukes Canada as the only western country which aggressively torpedoes every international agreement to limit the production and use of asbestos. This shocking policy elicits outrage in the European Union.
German - http://www.zeit.de/2009/06/Asbest
2009.04: Asian Asbestos Conference, Hong Kong, blasts Canada
The asbestos lobby led by the Canadian Chrysotile Institute has been feeding lies and myths to promote the white asbestos and our governments in the region have been falling prey to such campaign which is exposing hundreds of thousands of workers and community people to this known hazardous and carcinogenic. substance.
2009.03.24: How much money is Canada putting aside for future asbestos claims?
Discussions are held in India about the growing public health problems in India caused by chrysotile asbestos, much of it from Canada. Even U.S based Dow Chemicals Company has set aside $2.2 billion to address future asbestos-related liabilities arising out of its acquisition of the Union Carbide Company. The discussions dwell on asbestos and corporate accountability.
2009.01.29: Brazilian Minister Bans Asbestos
2009.01.23: Canadian Exports of Chrysotile to India Must be Banned
There are no reliable statistics, or compensation, for Mesothelioma or other asbestos related illness in Indian workers. India’s use of asbestos has more than doubled in the past 30 years. Thanks to greatly increased industrial activity it is the largest importer of Russian and Canadian asbestos.
2008.11.14: What Happens to Canadian Asbestos in India?
"What's the difference between land mines and asbestos?" asks Dr Barry Castleman, author of a respected book on the dangers of asbestos. "A key difference, of course, is that Canada does not export landmines."
2008.11.12: European Trade Unions want asbestos covered by the Rotterdam Convention
2008.10.27: Stop Canada exporting asbestos
The Economist: The reward for Canada lending its boy-scout reputation to this cause was that the other countries would "tolerate higher-cost Canadian producers" and thereby allow its asbestos industry to remain profitable, according to a ministerial briefing-note obtained by a researcher.
2008.10.23: Canada’s hazardous hypocrisy: A curious liking for asbestos
The Economist: Asbestos risks have not stopped Canada from exporting large quantities of the mineral to developing countries, especially in Asia, nor discouraged the government from paying to promote its use abroad.
2008.09: World Call of Conscience to Prime Minister Harper
150 scientists and organizations signed a petititon to Prime Minister Harper to stop blocking the Rotterdam Convention by refusing to put chrysotile asbestos on the hazardous material list. The Canadian Rideau Institute on International Affairs' report, Exporting Harm, by Kathleen Ruff, pp. 26ff
2008.05: Canada is the only developed nation still producing asbestos
Chrysotile asbestos called a deadly threat by the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Association for Cancer Research and many more health agencies.
2008.03.27: Asbestos banned in South Africa
2008.04.10: Stop Exporting Asbestos! An Indian Plea to Canadians
While the Canadian Government takes great care to ensure its own safety against the dangers of asbestos, you’ll probably never hear them make too big a fuss about it — what with Canada being a leading exporter of the patient killer — it just wouldn’t be economical to draw too much attention to it. Please read this appeal from India for Canadian's to eliminate the use and export of Canadian chrysotile to the global south.
2007.12.17: No regulated conditions for asbestos use in developing countries like India
Ottawa Citizen: Most workers don’t wear masks on the job and companies don’t uphold labour standards. Most asbestos-related health problems in India go undocumented. Dr Joshi.
2006.08.17: Asbestos lawsuits forced almost 80 US companies into bankruptcy
International Herald Tribune: To end the lawsuits, members of the U.S. Senate last year proposed creating an asbestos fund that would provide compensation to victims . The Congressional Budget Office estimated that claims might total $150 billion in the next 50 yaars.
2006.03.30: Australians call for stop to Canada’s export of asbestos
Selling asbestos is illegal in Canada. However the Canadian Government sees nothing wrong in continuing to produce asbestos and to export the killer fibre. Most of its exports go to developing countries. Please sign the petition to protest against the Canadian asbestos trade.
2005: Call for an International Ban on Asbestos
American Journal of Industrial Medicine 47:471-474 (2005). By the end of 2004 national asbestos bans are scheduled to be in place in all 25 member countries of the European Union as well as Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, Uruguay, Honduras, Australia, Gabon, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. South Africa and Japan have also announced the intention to ban asbestos, and public health campaigns for asbestos bans have been under way since the 1990s in Brazil, South Korea, Vietnam, and India.
2001: WTO - European Community rejects Canada's asbestos position
The Panel and the Appellate Body both rejected Canada’s challenge to France import ban on asbestos and asbestos-containing products, reinforcing the view that the WTO Agreements support members’ ability to protect human health and safety at the level of protection they deem appropriate.
2000: WTO backs French ban on Canada's asbestos goods.
The World Trade Organization, citing a large number of asbestos-related cancer deaths, has upheld a ban by France on Canadian asbestos. The asbestos industry in Quebec, which accounts for the employment of 2,500 workers, is valued at $224 million annually.