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Australia: Exposition to lead and aggressive crime.

Researchers from Macquarie University, including lead author Professor Mark Taylor (pictured), investigated lead levels in six NSW suburbs and found that each additional microgram of lead in the air result in a significant rise in assaults twenty one years later.

Researchers from Macquarie University, including lead author Professor Mark Taylor (pictured), investigated lead levels in six NSW suburbs and found that each additional microgram of lead in the air result in a significant rise in assaults twenty one years later.

The population study, published today in the journal Environmental Health, looked at the relationship between rates of aggressive crime and early exposure to airborne lead particles during the years in Australia when lead petrol was still widely used. The study examined data at the suburb, state and national level.

The study found that after controlling for major socio-demographic correlates of crime there is a strong positive relationship between lead in air levels and subsequent crime rates.  READ ARTICLE HERE