World Asbestos Report News
October 15, 2012 -- Welsh high school closed after report reveals asbestos presence
A high school in Wales was recently closed down because of asbestos and officials are currently working to determine when students can return to the facility.
October 11, 2012 -- Two workers die years after being unprotected from asbestos exposure
For decades, asbestos had been recognized for physical properties that made it both strong and fire-resistant, leading to use of the mineral as insulation and fireproofing material. However, since the 1930s, medical experts had been aware of various health problems caused by asbestos exposure - knowledge that various industries ignored for years.
October 11, 2012 -- Australian parents upset over 'trivial' asbestos dumping fine
The head of a school parents' group in Australia has criticized the local city council after it levied a $1,500 fine against a builder who allegedly dumped asbestos in a park near a high school.
October 10, 2012 -- Mine rehabilitation aims to reduce asbestos exposure in South Africa
Environmental activists around the world often criticize mining for its potentially devastating effects on the local landscape, as well as the consequences of excavation techniques that require the use of harsh chemicals. However, when it comes to asbestos mines, health concerns over diseases such as malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) pose another issue for activists.
October 9, 2012 -- High asbestos presence found in Japan earthquake zone
The immediate consequences in the aftermath of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan were visible to the entire world, and it appears as though one serious concern still remains today: asbestos.
Australia's federal government is reportedly finishing up a study to determine whether or not asbestos was disturbed in more than 1,700 homes while satellite dishes were installed during the digital television rollout.
October 3, 2012 -- UK widow awarded asbestos compensation following lengthy battle
An Apperley Bridge, England widow whose husband passed away due to malignant mesothelioma has finally won her asbestos compensation case after a six-year battle, the Bradford Telegraph and Argus reports.