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Making A Difference: What Causes 1 in 7 Deaths?

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What’s the leading cause of death in developing countries? A.  malnutrition and undernutrition B.  tuberculosis, malaria & HIV/AIDS C.  pollution Click to find out.  The answer might surprise you. This stealth killer causes 1 in 7 deaths around the world. Great Forest is a proud supporter of the Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth, a … Continue reading Making A Difference: What Causes 1 in 7 Deaths?

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Making A Difference: A Toxic Mystery At A School In Armenia

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Recently, Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth came across a school in Armenia, where various mounds of highly toxic waste had mysteriously appeared (see photo below). The piles appeared to have been dumped there surreptitiously by a company looking to get rid of their mining waste. Children  in the school yard were playing around the exposed piles … Continue reading Making A Difference: A Toxic Mystery At A School In Armenia

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Making A Difference: Transforming An E-Waste Site Into A Model Recycling Center

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While we work to help companies recycle e-waste responsibly in the U.S., our sister nonprofit Pure Earth is working to tackle the issue in Agbogbloshie, Ghana, the location of one of the world’s best-known e-waste dump sites. According to the EPA, about 2.37 million short tons of e-waste was discarded in the U.S. in 2009. It is … Continue reading Making A Difference: Transforming An E-Waste Site Into A Model Recycling Center

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Making A Difference: Businessweek Features Great Forest Founder’s Global Pollution Cleanup Efforts

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“Fuller and Pure Earth (Blacksmith) have amassed an impressive record of success…” — Businessweek, Sept. 2014 Great Forest founder Richard Fuller spoke with Businessweek recently about his work addressing global toxic pollution with our sister nonprofit Blacksmith Institute/Pure Earth. The article also chronicled one of Blacksmith’s most dangerous cleanup projects at a former soviet arms site sitting on … Continue reading Making A Difference: Businessweek Features Great Forest Founder’s Global Pollution Cleanup Efforts

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Making A Difference: Breaking Mexico’s 500-Year-Old Toxic Tradition

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Renowned Poet Homero Aridjis Makes Heartfelt Plea For A Lead-Free Mexico  Did you know that millions of men, women and children in Mexico have elevated blood lead levels?  Many are “poisoned” at each meal by food cooked in or served on traditional pottery made by local artisans using toxic lead glazes. Did you know that a … Continue reading Making A Difference: Breaking Mexico’s 500-Year-Old Toxic Tradition

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Making A Difference: Richard Fuller Addresses U.N., Petition To Stop Largest Cause of Death

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This June, Great Forest founder Richard Fuller addressed the U.N. as president of Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute, on behalf of the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), to urge the world to pay more attention to the largest cause of death in the developing world – pollution. [Sign and share the Petition] Pollution is a global killer, causing about 8.4 million deaths … Continue reading Making A Difference: Richard Fuller Addresses U.N., Petition To Stop Largest Cause of Death

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Making a Difference: Cleaning Up A Former Soviet Arms Site Sitting On Top Of a Forgotten “Bomb”

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Just how hard is it to clean up a toxic polluted site sitting on top of a “bomb,” at a secret site? This month’s TCE magazine features the story behind Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute’s work dealing with one of the most dangerous examples of legacy pollution – the toxic remains of Soviet arms production. In a … Continue reading Making a Difference: Cleaning Up A Former Soviet Arms Site Sitting On Top Of a Forgotten “Bomb”

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“Slumdog Millionaire” Actor/Activist Dev Patel Teams Up With Blacksmith To Launch Pure Earth

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Actor/activist Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, The Newsroom, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) has teamed up with our sister nonprofit Blacksmith Institute to help launch PURE EARTH, a new campaign that aims to raise awareness of the threat toxic pollution poses to poor children living in some of the world’s worst polluted places. Patel, who celebrated his birthday … Continue reading “Slumdog Millionaire” Actor/Activist Dev Patel Teams Up With Blacksmith To Launch Pure Earth

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Making a Difference: Earth Day – Beyond Sustainability and Climate Change

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As we mark another Earth Day – the 44th since 1970 – it is good to know that awareness of environmental issues has indeed grown over the years. We see this in the focus on sustainability (like we do here in this blog) and climate change — both important, pressing issues. But there remains one … Continue reading Making a Difference: Earth Day – Beyond Sustainability and Climate Change

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Making A Difference: What Do Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Have In Common with 100,000 Mongolians?

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About 100,000 Mongolians are rural “gold ninjas.” While these Mongolian “ninjas” are heroic in their efforts to make a living for their families – artisanal gold mining is difficult and dangerous work – they are, unfortunately, also being poisoned by their jobs. Find out why these miners have been compared to the Teenage Mutant Ninja … Continue reading Making A Difference: What Do Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Have In Common with 100,000 Mongolians?

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Making A Difference… in Tajikistan, Near the Roof of the World

This month we take you to Tajikistan, where mountains cover more than 90% of the country, and half of it sits 10,000 feet or more above sea level. This former Soviet republic at the “roof of the word” is home to some of the most breathtaking views on earth. But beneath the beauty lies a legacy … Continue reading Making A Difference… in Tajikistan, Near the Roof of the World

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Making a Difference: Shaping the World’s Sustainable Development Agenda for the Next Decade

2014 is a crucial year. This is the year that hundreds of countries and the world’s leading organizations will decide on a list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that will determine the key issues the world will pay attention to beyond 2015, when the current  Millennium Development Goals expire.  “What is agreed to this year will set the world’s sustainable development … Continue reading Making a Difference: Shaping the World’s Sustainable Development Agenda for the Next Decade

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