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Pure Earth, formerly known as the Blacksmith Institute, is a New York City-based international not-for-profit organization founded in 1999 that works to identify, clean up, and solve pollution problems in low- and middle-income countries, where high concentrations of toxic pollution have devastating health impacts, especially on children. These communities suffer disproportionately from pollution-related diseases. Pure Earth remains the only significant organization of its kind working to solve pollution on a global scale.
Pure Earth is known for leading the fight against global toxic pollution that affects human health with its various efforts, including the World's Worst Pollution Problems reports; the Toxic Sites Identification Program, the Pure Earth database of polluted sites, the Blacksmith Index (developed to assess polluted sites), the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, the Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, the Tell Your Pollution Story project with National Geographic, the Pollution Blog, the Journal of Health and Pollution, and more.
In 2015, Pure Earth helped to successfully advocate for broadening the scope of toxic pollution addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Pure Earth's work focuses on multiple health issues, with two significant programs: reducing lead poisoning from the recycling of used lead-acid (car) batteries and from the use of leaded pottery; and reducing mercury poisoning from artisanal gold mining.
Pure Earth's latest report is Pollution Knows No Borders: How the Pollution Crisis in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Affects Everyone's Health, and What We Can Do to Address It.
Pure Earth has been recognized by Charity Navigator as one of the United States' top performing nonprofits.

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