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Leaded petrol is gone – but lead pollution may linger for a very long time

By Paul Monks, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science, University of Leicester
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As a scientist studying lead poisoning in children once remarked: “it took two years to put lead into gasoline and 60 years to take it out”. The consensus around leaded fuel’s unacceptable threat to human health was hard won, entailing a long fight between scientists, regulatory authorities and industry. In a recent ray of good news, it seems the world has finally…

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