Pollution knows no borders
Toxic, disease-causing pollution travels the globe and crosses national borders in many guises, both visible and invisible. Air pollution from coal-fired power plants, vehicle emissions, and factories circle the earth, as does vaporized mercury and many other airborne pollutants. Toxic chemicals and pesticides banned in the United States, Canada, and Europe are used in industrial and agricultural practices in low- and middle-income countries lacking environmental regulations. Toxicants not only harm workers and their children in these countries but also make their way to consumers around the world.