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Could violent crime be linked to lead levels in the environment?

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The environmental columnist George Monbiot claimed in the Guardian newspaper yesterday that there is a link between lead poisoning and violent crime, and it appears there is a wealth of evidence out there to back up the claims.

Howard Mielke is professor of pharmacology at Tulane University in New Orleans and has been researching the connection for decades.

Professor Mielke, referring to the city of New Orleans, explained "there is a very strong association between criminal activity and the [amount of lead in the] environment in different parts of the city."

Alastair Hay, professor of Environmental Toxicology at Leeds University, explained that while he had not previously heard of the link, he the was "impressed" and "convinced" by the work.


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