Killing the Future: Asbestos in India – IBAS (2007)

Abstract

“Until recently, widespread access to information on the use of asbestos in Asia had been minimal; initially due to a dearth of data and latterly to the lack of translated material.┬áLandmark events which took place in Japan and Thailand in 2004 and 2006 ended this information deficit; presentations by medical researchers, epidemiologists, engineers and other eminent specialists revealed a wealth of detail on the consequences of regional consumption of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials. Related subjects such as the dumping of asbestos-laden end-of-life ships in Asian shipbreaking yards and the work of campaigning groups were also discussed by speakers at the Global Asbestos Congress 2004 and the Asian Asbestos Conference 2006.”

“Combining a close study of these presentations with news of recent developments, the emergence of several trends has been revealed.”

“Increasing communication amongst social partners and feedback from joint initiatives in Asia have also contributed to the information flow; as a result, we ar enow able to posit explanations as to how and why Asian governments and consumers continue to use a substance which has been denounced by every major scientific organization.”