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Clean energy has a dirty secret

Lead-acid batteries

Solar Power Plant (Modified) — By Σ64 — Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29185912

The saying “there is no free lunch” applies to clean energy also because even clean energy has a carbon footprint. But there is a darker secret about clean power that often stays hidden: lead contamination and lead poisoning. The increasing usage of clean energy is a good trend, but conversations about its growth need honesty regarding its dirtier side.

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William House

William House

Exploring relationships between people and our planet — Stories and articles promoting science, art, environmental awareness, and human insights.