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Attend April 6 (Today!): Ending Childhood Lead Poisoning -Understanding Health through Community, Environment, and Policy
Wednesday, April 6
UC Sacramento Center 1130 K Street, Suite LL 22 Sacramento, CA
Light refreshments will be served at the panel and a no-host happy hour will follow at Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant, 1029 K Street Sacramento, CA 95814
Despite dramatic decline in the average blood lead levels of children, lead toxicity continues to be a threat. Lead persists in the environment and is present in older homes and the surrounding soils. In addition, the burden of elevated blood lead levels is not equally distributed; some communities have lead poisoning rates of 15-20% while the national average is below 2%. Finally, blood lead levels below 10 micrograms per deciliter, the current CDC level of concern, have been associated with substantial decrements in children's learning abilities and elevated risks for behavioral problems, such as ADHD and conduct disorder.
Geoffrey West, a physicist and former director of the Santa Fe Institute, writes about the super linear potential of cities - in cities, both innovation and other amenities accrue at a faster rate than they would in more rural regions. Environmental and social disamenities are also (and equally) prevalent. This is an interesting phenomenon that he argues, is also cautionary because the rate at which change is occuring. Implicit in his argument are a few themes worth exploration:
1. Disamenities are unintentional biproducts of the accumulation of wealth
2. The current system of problem-innovation-problem embodies a "sustainable growth" perspective which relies on being able to innovate over increasingly short intervals or shifting to a different model of social and economuc arrangements.
DAVIS, Calif. -- The population of California's Central Valley is expected to balloon from 7 million to 12 million people in the next 30 years, making it the fastest growing region anywhere in the United States or Mexico. Can the valley's communities be that big and green as well?
"I am actually pretty pessimistic about the possibility," says the lead author of a new UC Davis review of 100 Central Valley cities' growth policies.