Italy’s Triangle of Death

When a rash of cancer cases hit the bucolic agricultural region of Campania, Italy, investigators eventually traced the rising rates to illegal dumping of toxic waste.

An Italian National Institute of Health inquiry showed a 17% rise in cancers of the central nervous system for children under 14 around Naples, and a 51% rise for infants in their 1st year.

After it was shown that the mafia dumped large quantities of contaminated industrial waste there, helping industrialists skirt hefty fees for proper disposal, Italy has begun to address the problem and clean up. But, as writer Ian Birrel warns, similar practices continue as rich Western countries unload their toxic waste on low-income countries.


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