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Asbestos in the natural environment: how safe are we?

Exposure to asbestos has been a long-standing issue, threatening the health of both the environment and human population for centuries. Hundreds of millions of people are exposed to the toxin worldwide each year, despite its known health risks. One study from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health estimates that roughly 250,000 people die as a result of asbestos exposure annually.  May was National Clean Air Month, reminding us about the importance of knowing what is in the air we breathe every day. In June, World Environment Day focused on the action that needs to be taken to #BeatAirPollution.  Asbestos is a naturally found mineral and doesn’t pose a threat until broken or disturbed. Unfortunately, however, it was first mined and used thousands of years ago, making it common to come across in both the natural and built environment. Once released into the air, the toxin becomes extremely harmful for humans if ingested or inhaled.  Read more....

 

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