Canada has done a remarkable job of reducing lead in people’s bodies. But the experience of Flint, Mich. – where children were exposed to toxic levels of lead – teaches us to remain cautious. Here, Flint citizens watch testimonies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in Washington during 2016.
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Reduced lead exposure has made us smarter and healthier. Could changes in regulatory agencies across North America endanger this?
A baby plays with blocks spelling out one of the most famous formulas in history.
A new report from the Environmental Defense Fund raises concerns about lead in our food supply. Here are some things you should consider.
Testing soils in back yards.
Lead contamination remains a persistent issue in urban soils.
Renewable resources are being exploited to the extent that there is a loss of species and future generations are threatened.
Michigan National Guard members distribute water to a line of residents in their cars in Flint, Michigan.
The Flint water crisis has left people across the country wondering if lead poisoning is a problem in their community. But it's very hard to find out how widespread this problem is.
The researchers found no link between lead exposure in childhood and fraud.
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A new study has linked childhood exposure to lead in air and the likelihood of aggressive crimes related to impulsive behaviours in later life.
Lead can linger in bones.
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Lead might not be in paint or gasoline anymore, but since it doesn't break down in the home or the environment it remains a problem throughout the U.S.
Lead exposure is more common than you think.
Children exposed to lead are at elevated risk for learning delays and academic issues.
The University of Michigan-Flint puts experts from academia in the same room as Flint community members, an innovative model for educating the community and forming the public health response.
Flint, Michigan residents couldn’t get answers about their water – so they did their own research.
A new model of citizen-led science is emerging – as in the case of Flint, Michigan's poisoned water. Rather than simply supporting scientists, citizens ask their own questions and set the research agenda.
Up until the 1940s, as much as half of U.S. water piping from main lines was made of lead.
A wake-up call from Flint: the U.S. has made great gains in reducing lead exposure, but the country is still saddled with millions of miles of water-carrying lead pipes.
Pregnant women in three Australian cities are not told that lead exposure during pregnancy is linked to miscarriage and early delivery.
Parents in three Australian states are being given misleading advice about the dangers of lead to babies and small children – including failing to warn pregnant women about miscarriage risks.
Children living closest to the mines had the lowest literacy and numeracy scores.
Children in mining and smelting towns who are exposed high levels of lead, arsenic and cadmium are more than twice as likely to have developmental disorders than the national average.
Noodle brand was an instant hit in India but the wider issue the country must tackle won't be so quick to solve.
Reducing lead exposure has health, social and economic benefits.
Soil, dust and air-based exposure to lead can interfere with a child's developing nervous systems and cause behavioural and developmental problems.
Children are particularly susceptible to the toxic effects of lead because their brains and bodies are still developing.
In the shadows of Broken Hill’s rich mining history lies a legacy of contamination and regulatory failure that will likely outlive any benefits locals derive from mining. One in five children aged under…
Lead from Broken Hill leads to pollution abroad.
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We know elements of the story. It was 1911, as Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen raced to the South Pole. Temperatures were below -50˚C. Scott was British; Amundsen a Norwegian. Sled dogs were dying, and…
Ice cores reveal that Antarctica was polluted long before Scott and Amundsen set foot there.
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Lead pollution from Australia reached Antarctica in 1889 – long before the frozen continent’s golden age of exploration – and has remained there ever since, new research shows. In our study, published…
Mount Isa exceeded the national one-hour standard for sulfur dioxide emissions 49 times in 2012.
Children in the mining towns of Mount Isa in Queensland and Port Pirie in South Australia are exposed to harmful levels of pollutants that increase their risk of learning and developmental disorders, and…
The South Australian town of Port Pirie – home to a historic smelter – has some of the worst reported toxic air pollution in Australia.
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Australians living in poorer communities, with lower employment and education levels, as well as communities with a high proportion of Indigenous people, are significantly more likely to be exposed to…