Banned or restricted in 52 countries, asbestos use is growing quickly in developing countries like India. (Photo by Sonumadhavan) |
A global network of lobby groups has spent nearly $100 million since the mid-1980s to preserve the international market for asbestos, a known carcinogen that's taken millions of lives and is banned or restricted in 52 countries. As a result, asbestos use is growing rapidly in countries such as China and India, prompting health experts to warn of future epidemics of lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. » read more
"Dangers in the Dust: Inside the Global Asbestos Trade" is a joint investigation by the BBC's International News Services and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Based on research in eight countries, the project relied on thousands of pages of documents, including court filings, scientific studies, and financial records, as well as on hundreds of interviews with health officials, industry representatives, scientists, victims, lawyers, and activists.