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“Killing the Future” Asbestos Use in Asia – NOW AVAILABLE IN TRANSLATION

Last year, we posted on www.WorldAsbestosReport.org a new monograph titled "Killing the Future: Asbestos Use in Asia," written by Laurie Kazan-Allen and published by an international consortium of unions, victims’ groups, occupational health and safety organizations, and university groups under the overall coordination of the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat. Published in July 2007, this monograph reviewed the experiences of China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan, Korea, and Japan in dealing with the problems of asbestos contamination. It documents the West’s dumping of contaminated ocean-going vessels into the ship-breaking industries of India and Bangladesh, and addresses the impact of natural disasters on the scope of asbestos contamination. This work built on the work begun at the 2004 Global Asbestos Conference in Tokyo and at subsequent meetings in Asia. In January 2008, we posted a Japanese translation and are delighted to now make available a translation into Bangla (Bengali), the primary language of Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura. We hope to continue adding newly published materials to the www.WorldAsbestosReport.org web site as they become available. Our firm, through The Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Oberman, Satterley & Bosl Foundation, Inc, is proud that our support of IBAS over the past 10 years has helped make it possible for it to publish works of this quality. As always, your comments are welcome.

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