From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report.
Millions of people in developing countries living near toxic waste dumps. A new study looked at the dangers of living near these chemical waste sites. An environmental organization in New York studied water and soil samples from 373 waste sites, these were in three countries - India, Pakistan and Indonesia. The researchers found that more than 8.6 million people were living near the sites in 2010, and were exposed to many chemicals.
Richard Fuller was an author of the study.
"Lead, chromium, mercury, phosphates, different kinds of organic chemicals, pesticides and the like. They're all over the world, unfortunately."
Mr. Fuller heads the Blacksmith Institute, which paid for the study. The institute works to solve pollution problems in low- and moderate-income countries.
The study says people living near the dumps lost more than 828-thousand years of healthy life from toxic waste exposure. The researchers based this finding, an estimates of illness, disability and early death. By comparison, they say malaria caused less illness and early death in the same three countries. Air pollution, they say caused a little more.
The study found that lead created the highest pollution levels, this metal if absorbed into the blood, can harm the brain development of unborn babies, and lower the intelligence of children.
Two-thirds of those exposed to lead near waste dumps in Pakistan, India and Indonesia were children and women of child-bearing age.
Kevin Chatham-Stephens was the lead author of the study, he is a pediatric environmental health expert at the Mount Sinai school of medicine in New York. He says people living near toxic waste sites can take simple steps to reduce their risk.
"Even though it may not sound like a lot, washing your hands is one of the most effective ways that we can decrease our exposure to chemical pollutants - just because we know that oftentimes chemicals such as lead can end up in the dust and if we have that dust on our hands, and then we eat our foods and we wipe our mouths or something like that, then that chemical can enter into our body."
The Blacksmith Institute is studying toxic waste sites in 70 other developing countries, it hopes to help organize clean-up efforts. Richard Fuller says cleaning-up is a slow process, but the countries he's working with have been eager to cooperate.
"Everyone here has the right heart and [is] keen to do the best that they can. So, we think it's possible. It's just going to take a lot of work."
And that's the Health Report from VOA Learning English, I'm June Simms.
1.toxic waste [环境] 有毒废物，毒废料
Too much toxic waste is being dumped at sea.
2.phosphate n. 磷酸盐；皮膜化成
The role of these glands is to regulate calcium and phosphate in our bloodstream.
3.child-bearing age 生育年龄
She is past her child bearing age.
4.pediatric adj. 小儿科的
Pediatric emergency medicine is a rapidly growing area of medicine.
5.wipe vt. 擦；消除；涂上
I hope you'll wipe that thought from your mind.
发展中国家有数百万人生活在有毒垃圾场附近，一份最新研究着眼于居住在化学垃圾场附近的危害 。纽约某环境组织研究了373个垃圾场的水和土壤样本，包括印度、巴基斯坦和印尼 。研究着发现，2010年有超过860万的人生活在垃圾场附近，接触到很多化学品 。
研究发现，居住在垃圾堆旁边，接触有毒物质会使健康寿命受损8.28万年 。研究者基于这些发现、对疾病、残疾和早亡的估计，通过对比，他们发现在这三个国家，疟疾导致的疾病和早亡还不如垃圾站多 。他们说大气污染会导致更多问题 。
凯文·查塔姆·斯蒂芬斯是这项研究的领衔作者，他是纽约西奈山医学院里一名儿童环境健康专家 。他说，居住在有毒垃圾站附近的人要减少危险，只需采用很简单的方法 。
布莱克史密斯研究所正在研究另外70个国家的有毒垃圾站，希望能帮助动员清洁活动 。理查德·富勒说，清洁工作是个慢功夫，但与他合作的国家都很愿意这么做 。