There are more than 5,100 kilometres of asbestos water pipes in Ireland.

The substance can cause cancer if inhaled, but Irish Water denies that is the case if you consume it through drinking-water. Asbestos cement was commonly used to build truck main from the 1950s to the 1980s – but it has not been used for that purpose in Ireland since that period.

But according to details released under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, there are still 5,122 kilometres of asbestos cement water mains throughout Ireland.

Some 22% of it is in Cork – which is nearly double the amount in greater Dublin.

Towards Asbestos free world

No cancerogenesis

Every five minutes someone dies of a disease related to asbestos. The statistics in an experts’ report for the European Union (EU) reflect the frightening extent of the asbestos problem: 500,000 people will die of asbestos-related cancer in Europe alone by the year 2030.1 These are the statistics despite the fact that processing and importing of the material has been banned in the EU for a number of years. Because asbestos-related cancers have a long latency period, the number of victims will even continue to increase until 2025; only then will the numbers in Europe go down.

New York’s MTA Ignored Asbestos Dangers for Years

Asbestos in NYC is more common than you think

Asbestrenovering kostar nu husbolagen tusentals euro mer

1 100 människor dör av asbest i Sverige varje år

Mesothelioma Deaths Peak 30 Years After Asbestos Ban

The Netherlands Orders All Asbestos Roofs Removed by 2024

Impact of an asbestos cement factory on mesothelioma incidence in a community in Italy

Asbestos in buildings still a problem

Thought asbestos was fully banned in Canada? Not until 2018.

Radon i Nykvarnsbostäder!

Hur tycker du att Nykvarnsbostäder har skött det här historiskt?

– Bristfälliga rutiner. Vi har inte haft rutiner för att hantera den här frågan på ett sånt sätt som jag anser att ett bostadsföretag ska göra.

Paris’ Notre-Dame square closed due to health fears over lead levels

When we have cleaned and the numbers have returned to a low enough level, the square will be open to the public again.

New York air quality among worst in world as haze from western wildfires shrouds city

Smoke from wildfires in the west caused hazy skies as air quality index surged to 157 in Manhattan, well above threshold of 100

Wed 21 Jul 2021 14.03 BST

New York City air quality was among the worst in the world as cities across the eastern US were shrouded in smoke from wildfires raging several thousand miles away on the country’s west coast.

Free from Pollution

Air pollution kills millions every year, like a ‘pandemic in slow motion’