World Asbestos Report News
Archives: April 2012
April 30, 2012 -- Canadian asbestos lobby group to dissolve
The Montreal-based pro-asbestos lobby group Chrysotile Institute recently notified the government - which is currently providing its funding - that it plans to dissolve.
April 25, 2012 -- UK government delays reforms over legal aid for asbestos victims
In what is being hailed as a victory for asbestos disease victims in the UK, a justice minister said recently that sufferers will initially be exempt from government reforms to "no-win, no-fee" legal claims, BBC News reports.
April 18, 2012 -- UK truck driver succumbs to malignant mesothelioma
The dangers of asbestos exposure are prevalent across a number of industries, and a former truck driver in the UK recently died after being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by the inhalation of the carcinogenic mineral fibers.
April 13, 2012 -- Former UK electrician succumbs to mesothelioma
A former electrician from Runcton Holme, England, died earlier this year following a battle with malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of asbestos-related cancer, an inquest heard recently.
April 12, 2012 -- Experts predict asbestos disaster for China, India
A Pulitzer winning journalist wrote in a recent report that India and China are on the verge of "an absolute catastrophe of death and disease" due to a significant increase in asbestos-related diseases that is expected over the coming decades.
April 11, 2012 -- By sending asbestos abroad, Canada continues to 'export human misery'
More than 50 industrialized nations have banned the use of asbestos, due in part to its link to mesothelioma. Yet, Canada continues to export the dangerous mineral to third world nations. According to Independent Australia, the most egregious aspect of this continued trade is the marketing of chrysotile asbestos (Canada's most exported variety of the fiber) as "safe."
Most European countries have banned asbestos. The U.S. has severely restricted the mineral's use, citing its connection to mesothelioma. Australia's former asbestos mining communities are ghost towns. Yet, in Canada, India, Russia and China, the asbestos trade is booming.
April 10, 2012 -- Worksite in Australia shut down over asbestos fears
Australia's Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said recently that work at a site in Sydney has been halted due to concerns over potential asbestos exposure.
April 10, 2012 -- Like the U.S., Japan prepares for more cases of mesothelioma
Tallying mesothelioma today is one thing, forecasting its future is quite another. This deadly lung disease is extraordinarily difficult to predict, considering the number of public health factors that contribute to its incidence. Still, Japanese researchers are trying to do exactly that: calculate the mesothelioma mortality rate for the next 40 years.
Though the link between asbestos and serious illnesses such as malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis has effectively led to the material being banned in more than 50 countries, Canada still exports the material to a number of locations.
April 6, 2012 -- Asbestos discovery prompts fears for UK soccer team
An open public space near the new home of an English soccer team reportedly contains two types of asbestos, which is believed to have been illegally dumped, the Southern Daily Echo reports.
Regardless of the ironclad link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, international sales of the mineral are booming. Especially in Asia, asbestos mining, exportation and use is measurable in millions of tons per year. Yet, even in the U.S., the dangerous fiber is still utilized for more things than you might think.
The Ministry of Defence in the UK recently admitted liability for exposing a former soldier to asbestos, which ultimately led to his wife's death due to indirect exposure.
April 4, 2012 -- Conference attendees discuss the future of mesothelioma
While the link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma is well-established, the plan to reduce or eliminate the disease isn't. Hence, scientists are constantly discussing the burden of mesothelioma on the general populace, as well as forecasting when the illness' prevalence will peak and, with luck, subside.
April 3, 2012 -- Asbestos factory workers bear high burden of lung diseases
Though asbestos exposure is becoming less common in the U.S., the incidence of mesothelioma is still increasing. What accounts for the difference? The disease has an extraordinarily long latency period, meaning that people who are diagnosed today often experienced severe exposure decades ago, before the mineral was tightly regulated. To get an idea of the public health impact of those former decades, an analogy can be drawn to current asbestos factory conditions in China.