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Silent ScourgeChildren, Pollution, and Why Scientists Disagree$
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Colleen F. Moore

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195153910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195153910.001.0001

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Lead and the Roots of Environmental Controversies

Lead and the Roots of Environmental Controversies

(p.13) Chapter 1 Lead and the Roots of Environmental Controversies
Silent Scourge

Moore Colleen F.

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the negative effects of lead exposure on children's development. Several studies have confirmed that lead exposure lowers children's intellectual quotient (IQ) test scores and raises the likelihood of restless and inattentive behaviour. Lead provides an example of how scientists clash over environmental issues and it also tells a tale of dramatic social injustice in the U.S., where African American children in low-income families have the highest exposure to lead compared with any other segment of the American population. This chapter provides tips for reducing lead exposure and preventing further dispersal of lead in the environment.

Keywords:   lead exposure, children, child development, intellectual quotient, inattentive behaviour, environmental issues, social injustice, United States

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