Lead in the air


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It is not new information that lead is harmful to humans. The EPA has listed it as a neurotoxin. It has been banned from use in gasoline for automobiles but it is currently still used in aviation. According to an article in Scientific American "In 2010 the agency identified 16 U.S. regions that fail to meet clean air standards for airborne lead; all either contained or were near airports where leaded avgas is the norm." Some of the damaging effects of lead exposure are lowered IQ, kidney problems, central nervous system problems, and lower immune system among many others.

            Even if there are these harmful effects you may think if no one is being harmed directly then what is the problem? However a Duke University study showed that kids living within 500 meters of airports had higher blood levels than average. Even with these findings it has not been taken into action of ousting the use of leaded gasoline in aviation. It is having harmful effects to those in the surrounding areas. From these findings it is safe to say that either using lead in gasoline has to be banned all together or there has to be a certain distance for houses to be built by airports. It is simply too dangerous for this to continue with the recent findings.


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I am not a massive "green" guy, but I think our nation is coming to the point that we need to make changes in regards to our natural gas usage. We need to find alternative resources now! They should be tax reliefs for those who use new types of energy because this issue needs to be promoted to its full. Not only are our typical natural resources running low (according to some), but they are also not the safest methods of energy for us humans.

It is not only lead in the air we have to worry about. There have been many recent findings of lead in makeup .. specifically in lipstick. I have read a few articles on this and seen segments on Good Morning America and other news programs. I decided to look further into it. The FDA has a whole page dedicated to lead in lipsticks, and readers are assured that there are not high enough lead levels in lipstick to be dangerous if used correctly. However, this doesn't seem safe to me. What happens if a child uses lipstick in a way it wasn't intended? What if they eat it or something? Personally, I like when products are as natural as possible, and with all of the damage lead can cause, why even risk putting it in a product we use on our skin, ESPECIALLY our mouths?

http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productandingredientsafety/productinformation/ucm137224.htm

It is not only lead in the air we have to worry about. There have been many recent findings of lead in makeup .. specifically in lipstick. I have read a few articles on this and seen segments on Good Morning America and other news programs. I decided to look further into it. The FDA has a whole page dedicated to lead in lipsticks, and readers are assured that there are not high enough lead levels in lipstick to be dangerous if used correctly. However, this doesn't seem safe to me. What happens if a child uses lipstick in a way it wasn't intended? What if they eat it or something? Personally, I like when products are as natural as possible, and with all of the damage lead can cause, why even risk putting it in a product we use on our skin, ESPECIALLY our mouths?

http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productandingredientsafety/productinformation/ucm137224.htm

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