Volume 94 Issue 40 | p. 11 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 10, 2016

Lead pollution approaches natural background levels

A study of northern Alberta peat bogs indicates that lead emissions controls have been successful
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: environment, pollution, atmospheric chemistry, environment, mass spectrometry, regulation, public health, lead

Humans have a 3,500-year history of emitting neurotoxic lead into the atmosphere from mining, using leaded gasoline, and other activities. But efforts in the past several decades to reduce lead emissions have worked well, confirms a study of peat bogs in northern Alberta (Geophys. Res. Lett. 2016, DOI: 10.1002/2016gl070952). A team led by William Shotyk of the University . . .

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