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An abandoned mine in Kabwe, Zambia, where lead-rich mine tailing pipes litter the landscape.

Pollution-related disease presents global environmental challenge

Written by: Cheryl Dybas , Pollution is linked to a startling 16 percent of all premature deaths worldwide, "a statistic that highlights our failure to address the causes of disease," says Gabriel Filippelli of the Center for Urban Health at IUPUI . "Instead, we tend to focus on the symptoms." Compounding the situation, Filippelli says, "is the...

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  1. Lead pollution from Native Americans attributed to crushing galena for glitter paint, adornments

    A new study of Native American use of galena increases understanding of how they were using the land and its resources.

    Native American use of galena at Kincaid Mounds, a settlement occupied during the Mississippian period (1150 to 1450 CE), resulted in more than 1.5 metric tons of lead pollution deposited in a small...

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