Toxic pollution poses health risks to over 100 million people

Funded by a consortium of international agencies, including the World Bank, European Commission, UNIDO, Asian Development Bank, and Green Cross Switzerland, and implemented by Blacksmith Institute, this program is an ongoing effort to identify hazardous waste contaminated sites with human health impact in low and medium income countries. As part of the program potentially contaminated sites are visited by investigators and key site characteristics are recorded.

This website is intended to share aggregated data with interested parties for the purposes of raising awareness and promoting further research. The program is not intended to be a comprehensive inventory of such sites, but rather an effort to begin to understand the scope of the problem.

All information contained in the public database may be used freely with proper citation.

Factory Waste
Factory Waste

Toxic waste from a local factory pumped into the community’s water source

Burning Waste
Burning Waste

A child burns metallic waste, releasing toxic chemicals into the air.

Gold Mining
Gold Mining

Children help mine for gold. Mercury used in small-scale gold mining is released into the environment, causing severe health impacts in the local communities.

Global Alliance on Health and PollutionADBUnidoWB
DENR-PhillipinesUNEPGreen Cross