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Move to restrict asbestos trade blocked

发布时间:2018-02-12 03:01:33来源:未知点击:

DO HOLD your breath. 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 United Nations convention that requires member countries to decide whether or not to risk importing it. More than 107,000 people die every year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, according to the World Health Organization. Five of the six forms of asbestos are already listed under the UN Rotterdam Convention. Chrysotile cement is, however, still in use – particularly in Asia, Russia and eastern Europe. Russia, the world’s leading exporter, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Zimbabwe, India and Vietnam blocked the move to list the mineral at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, arguing that it would increase shipping and insurance costs. “This is a human tragedy,