The professor states that over two million tonnes of asbestos were produced around the world in 2008 even though there is an international effort to ban such practices.
In the Sydney Morning Herald article 'Asbestos still a global threat' Dr. Sly states, 'Developing countries, especially in Asia and Eastern Europe, are mining or importing asbestos for domestic use, and now account for the majority of the world's exposure to asbestos.'
The quote came from his paper, which was published on August 16, 2010, in the Medical Journal of Australia.
The paper is entitled 'Asbestos still poses a threat to global health: now is the time for action (MJA 2010; 193 (4): 198-199).
Besides Dr. Sly, its authors are Robin Chase, John Kolbe, Philip Thompson, Leena Gupta, Mike Daube, Ian Olver, and Deborah Vallance.
The abstract to the paper states, 'The adverse health effects of asbestos are well known, with all forms of asbestos recognised as human carcinogens, causing malignant mesothelioma, lung, laryngeal and ovarian cancers as well as the debilitating non-malignant diffuse lung disease, asbestosis, and pleural plaques.'
Page two concludes with more on the dangers of asbestos.