Scientific Reports

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Courts require scientific evidence to rule that a company is harming the environment and the people who live nearby. Source International a group of environmental scientists that provides the evidence communities need to assert their human rights.

Reports by Industry

Illegal pollution from industries that cause major changes to the environment and create toxic waste severely damage the earth and cause deadly health problems in surrounding populations. Our studies illustrate environmental damage, and connect this damage to polluting companies and to human rights abuses.

Extractive Industries

Heavy metals from illegal mines contaminate air, water, and soil, which poison local community members and lead to severe health problems.  Mines also redirect water, which is essential to people’s livelihood.  

To prove that mines are responsible for this damage, we measure chemical levels in soil, air, water in surrounding areas, and in the blood and hair of people who live nearby.  We also develop human rights impact assessments to assess further damage caused by this pollution.

Estudio téchnico: calidad de agua del Río Tzalá (Municipio de Sipakapa; departamento de San Marcos)

Guatemala
2007

The Inter-American Commission of Human Rights used this study to order the Guatemalan government to require Marlin Mine to improve their safety, decontaminate the water, and create a healthcare program for affected communities in 2010.

Evaluation de la Salud de los Ex-Trabajadores y de la Situatión Ambiental Posteriores al Plan del Cierre de Mina

Honduras
2015

The Supreme Court of Honduras used this study to declare its mining law unconstitutional for violating the Human Right to Health, and the Honduras parliament passed regulations that led the San Martin Mine to close in 2006.

Studio Sulla Qualità Ambientale dell'area Circostante l'ex Acciaieria Falk Nel Commune di Novate Mezzola (SO)

Italy
2016

La situazione ambientale del Parco Archeologico di Centocelle (PAC), Roma

Italy
2018

Socio-Economic Evaluation of Oil and Gas Activities in the Mediterranean Sea

Mediterranean Sea
2015

Daños a la Salud en la Población del Ejido de Carrizalillo, Ocasionados por la Empresa Minera GoldCorp

Mexico
2013

The International People’s Court of Health used this study to secure $50 million in damages from GoldCorp Mine to the community of Carrizalillo for misuse of land and pollution in 2015.

Minería Canadiense en Puebla y su impacto en los derechos humanos por la vida y el futuro de Ixtacamaxtitlán y la Cuenca del Río Apulco

Mexico
2017

AUM mine and its impact on Ult and Buuruljut valleys in Central Mongolia

Mongolia
2015

Estudo de Linha de Base (ELB) da Qualidade Ambiental e dos Direitos Humanos em Seis Comunidades Piloto Ameaçadas pelas Actividades de Mineração de Carvão em Moatize

Mozambique
2019

Clinical study on children's exposure and environmental monitoring between 2018-2019

Peru
2020

CCCA Report to the Council on Ethics of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund on the Situation in Cerro de Pasco

Peru
2019

Evaluación de la calidad del agua, de los sedimentos e interpretación de los resultados de los análisis del OEFA en la zona del complejo minero Yanacocha, Perú.

Peru
2015

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Agribusiness

Large monocrop plantations redirect large quantities of water from rivers, which destroys delicate ecosystems, takes away the livelihood of local agrarian communities, and leaves these communities with unsanitary water.  

To prove that agribusiness companies are responsible for this damage, we measure the levels and chemical makeup of water surrounding plantations. We also perform human rights impact studies to illustrate the human impact of these practices.

Estudio de Impacto en Derechos Humanos causado por la actividad agroindustrial en la Costa Sur de Guatemala

Guatemala
2018

El Agrobusiness en la Costa Sur de Guatemala

Guatemala
2017

Agronegocios, agua y violaciones en los Derechos Humanos

Guatemala

For inquiries about scientific studies in Agribusiness, please contact us.

Factories

Factories that use heavy chemicals contaminate water, soil and crops, which results in health problems for people nearby. We show the impacts of illegal pollution from factories by measuring heavy chemicals in soil and water.

Environmental and Health Impacts of the PT PRIA Factory in Lakardowo

Indonesia

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