Move to restrict asbestos trade blocked – – New Scientist

May 15, 2013

An attempt to blunt the threat of asbestos in developing countries has failed. Russia and six allies last week blocked a move to have chrysotile, or white asbestos, listed under a UN convention that requires member countries to decide whether they wish to take the risk of importing hazardous substances.

More than 107,000 people die every year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, according to the World Health Organization.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23529-move-to-restrict-asbestos-trade-blocked.html

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