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Sale of spray paints with dangerous lead levels uncovered in the Philippines

In what has been described as the first public study of its kind, environmental health groups, EcoWaste Coalition and the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), have reportedly uncovered spray paints with presumably dangerous lead concentrations on sale in the Philippines, in an apparent violation of the country’s law banning lead in paints. Lead paints Some samples of the spray paints, ...

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Oil exploration: Thousands of South Sudanese suffering from chronic lead poisoning, study finds


No fewer that 180,000 people living in oil field region of Thar Hath in South Sudan are suffering from chronic poisoning from heavy metals as a result of exploratory drillings for crude oil, a study has revealed. According to the findings of a research conducted by Sign of Hope, a German non-governmental organisation (NGO), the poisoning is as a result of the contamination of ...

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Hope restored as remediation begins in lead-poisoned Shikira

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The Federal Government has commenced the clean-up of Shikira, a small rural mining community situated in Rafi local government area of Niger State. This is coming exactly a year and three months after the devastating outbreak of lead poison that killed 28 children and left over 300 others below the ages of five with high level contaminants in their blood. ...

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Lead poisoning: Government urged to declare Shikira emergency zone


The Federal Government of Nigeria has been asked to declare Shikira, a small rural mining community in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, a national emergency zone. The Abuja-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Connected Development (CODE), made the call in a statement released on Tuesday, urging the trio of President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives ...

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How Michigan’s Flint River is poisoning the city’s residents

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To date, over 25,000 children in Flint, Michigan, have been exposed to lead contamination from the city’s water supply. How did the water get that way? Lee-Anne Walters and her family in Flint, Michigan, drank water laced with hazardous levels of lead contamination for nearly eight months, beginning in the spring of 2014. The water was brown. Her three-year-old son Gavin ...

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Dangers of Lead in paints

A team of civil society organisations (CSOs) that met recently in Lagos has joined the global campaign to eliminate Lead in paint. The activists observed that, in 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), governments (including the Nigerian government) agreed a goal that, by 2020, chemicals should be used and produced in ways that lead to the minimisation ...

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Remediation of lead-poisoned Bagega completed

The remediation (environmental clean-up) of Bagega, a community affected by lead poisoning, is rounding up. Located in Zamfara, Northern Nigeria, Bagega has a population of about 7,535, with about 1,500 children awaiting urgent treatment for lead poisoning. “The people of Bagega are quite happy remediation is turning out successful, thus allowing hundreds of children to get screened for lead poisoning,” ...

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Social media and creative technologies: A recipe to save Bagega

In October 2012, when members of the ‘Follow The Money Team’ were developing their website, little did they know that the hashtag #SaveBagega was going to reach a staggering 600,000 people from over 100 countries, consequently, putting more pressure on the government of Nigeria to attend to the urgent need of this ailing community. Bagega is a village community in ...

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