The process Eternity it's over, the sentences have been handed out, justice has been done in Italy but not everyone knows that in the world, every day, almost 300 people die from exposure to asbestos. The Turin Court sentenced the two Eternit entrepreneurs to 16 years, pleading them guilty of malicious environmental disaster and willful omission of safety precautions.
There were four factories Eternity in Italy, specialized in asbestos processing: Cavagnolo (Turin), Casale Monferrato (Alessandria), Bagnoli and Reggiano di Rubiera (Naples). The Italian law was only valid for the plants in the North, while the crime committed in the South was declared prescribed.
But outside ItalyAmiano is it still used? Apparently yes. According to data released by the World Health Organization, 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos in the workplace and more than 107,000 people die each year. A figure that equates to 294 deaths per day, which means that one person dies every five minutes because they have been exposed to asbestos.
On the planet only 40 countries have banned the use ofAsbestos, and of these more than half are part of the European Union. In Italy, the ban on the use of Eternity (trade name of asbestos), arrived in 1992, when by now more than 2,100 people had died and over 800 sick in northern Italy alone, due to the disastrous conditions of the factories Eternity of Cavagnolo and Casale.
Despite the massacres caused by asbestos, this material is widely used in 159 countries around the globe and provides jobs for 125 million people. India, China, Canada, Brazil, Zimbabwe but also in neighboring Russia, theasbestos (another name for asbestos) is widely treated. A BBC report put online in July 2010 showed images of some of the open-air factories they were dealing with asbestos dust in China. In India the situation is no different. Asbestos is lethal and in too many companies it is treated without any safety measures.
The World Health Organization (WHO) itself states that the only way to stop the lethal action of asbestos is to stop all types of production. There are many other insulating materials, much more effective and less harmful thanasbestos, but apparently once again it is money to choose for the lives of millions of people, theasbestos it is undoubtedly the least economical.
L'asbestos it will be less expensive in terms of money, but it costs the lives of hundreds of people who die every day becauseexposure all 'asbestos it causes mesothelioma, cancer of the larynx, ovary and other fatal diseases such as asbestosis (pulmonary fibrosis), pleural plaques and other degenerative diseases that lead irremediably to death.
Approximately 2 million tons of are processed and distributed annually asbestos. What we citizens can do is report the presence of asbestos where it is still present and ask for its remediation. In our power we can sign a petition launched only yesterday by a committee of specialists of an Italian non-profit organization asking the WHO to intensify the information and awareness campaigns on the subject asbestos, especially in those countries like China, where the asbestos dust they wander undisturbed.
Pictured: Shimiankuang asbestos mine, Qinghai, China.