Barbara from Mahablog has directed my attention to the recent work of Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Gary Cohn's work on the continuing use of asbestos over at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog. Please read it.
While the horrible health effects of asbestos are tragic and well-documented, it is still in regular use in Asia.
"India, China, and other countries on the continent continue to use – or in some cases, even increase – their dependence on asbestos for cheap roofing insulation, in cement, and other widespread applications."As a result, the expectation is an epidemic of mesothelioma.
Yes, shame on Asian governments and industries for putting profits before human life and public health. But it gets more complicated when we ask where the stuff came from.