Closing Round Table: Waste and Health

Wednesday October 17, h. 14:30 - Salone San Giovanni
SYMPOSIUM MEETS SOCIETY / HEALTH ISSUES IN WASTE TO ENERGY: What bothers people, what is true?

Chair / Presidente: Rainer Stegmann (DE)

Exposure to hazardous waste can affect human health, children being more vulnerable to these pollutants. In fact, direct exposure can lead to diseases through chemical exposure as the release of chemical waste into the environment leads to chemical poisoning. Many studies have been carried out in various parts of the world to establish a connection between health and hazardous waste.
A modern waste management is addressed to solve the health issues associated to an improper and informal waste management. But release of emissions from waste circulation, treatment and disposal, especially in connection obsolete technologies. are rising concern for possible health impacts.
The available scientific evidence on the waste related health effects is not conclusive, but suggests the possible occurrence of serious adverse effects particularly when toxic waste are involved.
Due to these uncertainties the communication is unfortunately left so far to informal organizations and groups, which spread disinformation and fake news, creating dangerous prejudices and scaremongering.
This Round Table will try to focus on some questions: What is the state of art with the scientific research? How to better involve the scientific community in communicating to the public opinion? How to cooperate among the different disciplines involved in the waste and health issues?

Confirmed speakers:
Raffaello Cossu, University of Padova (PD)
William Clarke, University of Queensland (AU)
Paolo Russo, Italian Parliament (IT)
Isabelle Zdanevitch, INERIS (FR)
Olivier Schlosser - SUEZ Environnement (FR)
Janguo Liu, Tsinghua University (CN)