Dangers in the Dust

Exporting an Epidemic

The human toll reaches millions as the asbestos industry expands worldwide.

India’s wide use of asbestos brings dire warnings

Asbestos in India
Every day, the swirling waters of the Arabian Sea bring misery to Alang, the world’s largest ship-breaking yard in western India’s Gujarat state. An estimated 55,000 workers, unmindful of the lethal effects of asbestos-laden material in the vessels, slave for long hours and, in the process, are exposed to deadly fibers.
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About This Project: Dangers in the Dust

Anthophyllite asbestos: a known cause of mesothelioma cancer.

In the fall of 2009, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists began looking into the global trade in asbestos, a cancer-causing fiber banned or restricted in much of the industrialized world but aggressively marketed in developing countries. What evolved was a nine-month investigation of an international lobby, much of it coordinated from Canada, which promotes the use of asbestos in construction materials and other products.

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